New River Medical Center CEO announces resignation

Marshall Smith
Marshall Smith

New River Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer Marshall Smith has resigned. He will remain with the organization as a consultant to CentraCare Health System during New River Medical Center’s transition to a CentraCare affiliate, a news release stated.
CentraCare expects to name an interim CEO for New River Medical Center shortly.
Smith joined New River Medical Center in 2007 and led the organization through years of growth and transition.  According to Joni Pawelk, New River Medical Center’s director of marketing, Smith tendered his resignation Monday morning. A news release issued Monday shortly before 1 p.m. stated that under Smith’s leadership, the organization updated its name from Monticello-Big Lake Hospital to New River Medical Center, opened the Monticello Cancer Center in partnership with CentraCare Health System and North Memorial, opened a new Acute Inpatient Rehab unit, implemented an organization-wide electronic medical record system, opened New River Physician Clinic, expanded wound care services to include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, opened a new Swing Bed unit, and worked with the Board of Directors to choose CentraCare Health System as their long-term affiliation partner.
“I’m proud of the progress New River Medical Center made during my tenure,” Smith said in a news release Monday.  “It has been an amazing time of growth, not only for the organization, but for me personally and professionally.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and believe this organization, and the health of the community, will be well served by CentraCare.”
The New River Medical Center Board of Directors selected CentraCare as their partner after considering proposals from Allina, CentraCare, Fairview and North Memorial.
“Marshall Smith has played an important role at New River Medical Center,” stated Jim Davis, vice president of corporate services, CentraCare Health System.  “We appreciate his knowledge and insights as we work toward affiliation.”

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