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MMSC hires next CEO

Burnside comes from Wayne County Hospital

February 13, 2010

Brian Burnside will be the next leader of Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center as it was announced he will take over as president and CEO in early April.

The MMSC Board of Trustees made the announcement of Burnside's hiring Friday. Burnside, 36, is currently CEO of Wayne County Hospital in Corydon, which is located in southern Iowa near the Missouri border.

"I'm excited," Burnside said. "The hospital has a good foundation with a strong board and a strong medical staff."

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Burnside replaces Rob Cooper, who retired from MMSC in November 2009.

Gregg Sharp, president of the MMSC Board of Trustees and head of the search committee, said Burnside not only had the qualifications on paper but also impressed them with his comfortable nature when answering questions during the interview process.

"The interview process revealed all of Brian's strengths," Sharp said. "He has a very clear vision of where he is going in his career."

Burnside has a master's degree in health service administration and a master's of business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

He has previous experience as chief operating officer at Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, Mo. and two other executive positions at hospitals in Illinois and Missouri. He recently received the Iowa Hospital Association's young executive achievement award.

Burnside is native of Festus, Mo., located 30 miles south of St. Louis. He said he knew he wanted to be in hospital administration after working at one when he was 18 years old as a supply clerk.

"I loved the doctors, the staff and the atmosphere of a hospital," Burnside said.

Gary Runyon, chairman of the Wayne County Hospital board of directors, said Burnside's leadership will be missed.

"We are going to miss him," Runyon said. "He's a nice man who is very bright and communicates well with everyone."

Runyon was on the Wayne County Hospital board when it brought in Burnside and has seen his success first hand.

"He has just succeeded beyond our expectations," he said.

Burnside and his wife Natalie will arrive in the area with their two sons, Aidan and Preston, with a third child expected in May.

"My family and I are looking forward to joining the community," he said.

Interim MMSC CEO La Rae Schelling will continue to serve in that capacity at MMSC until Burnside starts in April.


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