SCK Health CEO Jeff Bowman will retire in December.
According to a news release from the hospital Friday, Bowman will retire Dec. 15 to spend time with his family due to his recent diagnosis of avascular necrosis — a degenerative bone condition.
“I cannot thank the board enough for the opportunity given to me to lead SCK Med Center,” Bowman wrote to the hospital’s board of trustees on Sept. 1. “I was given the chance to lead the hospital in the community where I was born and raised. I will always look back on my time here with affections, satisfaction, and pride in our accomplishments.
“We have done what many would have told us we could not do by recruiting 15 providers to join SCKRMC. We have built a health network with a specialty clinic, occupational health, and rural health clinics and rebranded the organization as SCK Health.
“In the ever-changing healthcare industry, we have worked diligently to secure the new Rural Emergency Hospital that will make SCK Medical Center viable and sustainable in the future.”
Bowman was named the interim CEO of the hospital in August 2018 and was officially named CEO that November. He came back to Ark City from Texas, where he was the CEO of Transwise LLC, a company specializing in medical consulting in the areas of transcription, billing, administration and IT.
In his letter to the board last week, Bowman said he will focus on the task of helping to find his replacement.
“My responsibility will be to place SCK Health in the best position possible,” Bowman wrote. “I would like to see a smooth and effortless transition for the continued success of our organization and for the people I have led and served.
“We have a talented team at SCK Health, and I am proud to have worked beside every one of them.”