Providence Medical Center in Wayne has a new CEO | Company

WAYNE — Providence Medical Center in Wayne traveled to south-central Nebraska to find its next chief executive.

Danielle “Danni” Gearhart, the former CEO of Cozad Community Health System, assumed the senior executive position at the Wayne facility on Monday. She was selected after what Providence officials say was an extensive recruiting process with the help of recruiting agency Seim Johnson.

“There were many strong candidates for this role, but Danni fit all of what we were looking for in a CEO,” said McKayla Thege, human resources director at Providence.

“With her experience and expertise, we are confident that she will guide us in continuing to be the hospital and employer of choice in northeast Nebraska.”

Gearhart is from Oelwein, Iowa, and has over 18 years of experience in a variety of settings, including nonprofit, community, critical access hospitals, medical practice, and long-term care operations.

Matt Ley, chairman of the hospital board, said the board is delighted to welcome Gearhart to its team and community.

“Danni has extensive CEO experience at several rural critical care hospitals in the Midwest, including Nebraska.

We had many strong candidates for this position, which shows the vibrancy and health of PMC. We are confident that Ms. Gearhart will be a perfect fit for our staff, suppliers and communities,” Ley said.

Employing approximately 200 people, Providence is a 21-bed facility that includes two obstetrics suites, two intensive care rooms and a palliative care family room.

It offers a variety of specialized medical services through its outpatient clinic and offers several highly developed behavioral health, rehabilitation therapy, and wellness programs.

Gearhart said she was impressed with the commitment of the hospital board and staff to health care in the Wayne community.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to work with and serve the exceptional team at Providence Medical Center and build on our strong foundation as we evolve to meet the future needs of the community,” Gearhart said.