William Newton Hospital Hires New CEO

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, William Newton Hospital (WNH) in Winfield, Kan. has hired Ben Quinton as chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with more than 17 years of successful leadership experience, Quinton will assume his new duties at WNH on March 18.

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Ben’s experience leading rural healthcare organizations as well as his success in providing strategic direction in today’s changing healthcare industry will be a valuable asset to the hospital and community we serve.

Lenexa, KS (PRWEB) December 12, 2012

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, William Newton Hospital (WNH) in Winfield, Kan. has hired Ben Quinton as chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with more than 17 years of successful leadership experience, Quinton will assume his new duties at WNH on March 18.

Quinton succeeds Richard Vaught who will retire as chief executive officer in March. Vaught joined WNH in 1978 as a controller. He was promoted to assistant administrator in 1982 and administrator in 1990.

“We had a challenging task in finding the successor to Dick, who served our organization for more than 35 years,” said Steve McSpadden, chairman of William Newton Hospital’s board of trustees. “Ben’s experience leading rural healthcare organizations as well as his success in providing strategic direction in today’s changing healthcare industry will be a valuable asset to the hospital and community we serve.”

Prior to joining WNH, Quinton served as interim chief executive officer for Towner County Medical Center in Cando, N.D. He also served as chief executive officer for Lander Regional Hospital and Evanston Regional Hospital in Wyo., and Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, Kan.

“William Newton Hospital was seeking an experienced healthcare leader with a proven leadership track record in rural healthcare and a value driven commitment to enhance the provision of quality patient/family centric services,” said Kathy Noland, vice president of senior executive search for B. E. Smith. “Ben’s leadership style and experience were an ideal match.”

Quinton earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

About William Newton Hospital:
William Newton Hospital (WNH) is a regional healthcare leader, delivering personalized, compassionate patient care to the residents of Winfield, Kansas and surrounding communities. A not-for-profit community hospital, WNH provides acute care services, as well as outpatient, swing beds, home healthcare, audiology, cardiac rehabilitation and many other diagnostic and therapeutic services. The hospital operates four rural health clinics, an occupational health program and has developed cooperative arrangements with other providers for cancer treatment and renal dialysis. To learn more visit http://www.wnmh.org.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare leadership solutions firm and the top-ranked provider of senior-level leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Consulting Solutions. Veteran healthcare leaders and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smith’s proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 600 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques, association partnerships, social networking and the largest database of skilled senior-level healthcare executives in the industry to deliver immediate results in today’s complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit BESmith.com or call 877-802-4593.

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