Jim Diegel announced in January he would be stepping down and the St. Charles Board of Directors has just hired Joe Sluka as its new CEO.
Sluka comes from Rapid City, South Dakota, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Adminstirative Officer for Regional Health for four years.
St. Charles has had a lot of administrative turnover in recent years.
Sluka knows he has work to do.
"It's rallying around the common vision. As long as we are keeping patients at the center of our focus. That's a vision or a mission that anyone in healthcare can rally around. That's the most important thing. We know there's been change and we'll continue to assemble a great team at St. Charles and we'll continue to assemble a great team."
Tom Sayeg is the Chair of the Hospital Board that hired Sluka.
"I did a site visit to Regional as part of our due diligence and I was very impressed with the way he interacted with his senior team. He took me on a tour of the system and I was impressed how he interacted with people and how people were enthusiastic and excited about the things he's done and is trying to accomplish within the system."
Sluka will be taking over as CEO on December 1st. Until then, Jim Diegel will continue to serve in the job.