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Hospital Board

L-R: Mary Jane Dent, Mike Bodensteiner, Patty Leeds, Glen Mathis, Nancy George

At Girard Medical Center, our doctors, nurses and staff members work tirelessly to serve the medical needs of their community every day. What you might not realize, though, is who is running the show behind the scenes.

That would be the five members of the GMC Board of Trustees: Glen Mathis, chairman; Mary Jane Dent, vice-chairman; Nancy George, treasurer; Mike Bodensteiner, secretary and Patty Leeds.  These volunteers represent a broad range of views and experiences:

Glen Mathis is the pharmacist at Mathis Drug Store in Girard.

    Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?
    I believe my input as a long-standing businessman and medical professional would be beneficial to the board and hospital.

    What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?
A priority will be budgeting funds in a way to be certain that we work together with administration and health care providers to control cost and still deliver the highest     quality health care to our community.

    How important is our hospital to this community?
I believe it is the lifeblood of the community.

Nancy George is the chief risk officer for Girard National Bank.

    Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?
The hospital is very important to our local economy and quality of life. I want to help Girard Medical Center continue to have a positive impact in our local communities.

    What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?
Our priorities include recruiting and retaining surgeons and family practitioners; exploring new services to meet our communities’ needs; and generating sufficient cash     flow to repay the hospital’s bonds.

    How important is our hospital to this community?
Girard Medical Center is a wonderful asset in our communities. It employs many residents of Girard and surrounding communities, and the hospital itself and its staff  members support other local businesses with their purchases, making a significant impact on the local area. Also, they conveniently provide many services to help meet patrons’ health care needs.

Mary Jane Dent is an educator at Girard High School and serves as library media specialist for GHS and GMS.

    Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?
     I was actually asked by a nominating committee that existed previously to run and thought it would be means of giving back to the hospital and community since both  have been very important in my life. Because my background is in education, I believe I bring a different perspective to the board and can truthfully say that I have learned a lot, enjoyed it and hopefully contributed along the way. I am thankful because being a board member has been a very positive and rewarding experience with very professional people.

    What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?
    The hospital and board will face several challenges in the next few years. The first will be to continue to provide excellent and personal health care to area patrons while meeting the economic challenges of the times, including the costs associated with the implementation of electronic health records. Another will be searching for additional medical personnel and programs to provide necessary services and generate revenue, as well as a chief executive officer after Michael Payne, who is doing  a wonderful job as CEO, retires. Still another will be to provide the equipment and technology necessary to allow all staff to do their jobs to the best of their ability. GMC has a wonderful staff, and the board must do everything possible to take care of the people who are the heart of the facility and provide the services that make GMC what it is.

    How important is our hospital to this community?
    Girard Medical Center is a vital part of this community and hopefully always will be. If you had the opportunity to read the 2012 Annual Report mailed to patrons, you can readily see the economic impact that GMC has on this area, from payroll and expenditures locally to charity care, scholarships and other free services. It is a     source of pride to the community that Girard has a modern, renovated facility, outreach clinics and an outstanding staff to provide the personal, professional medical care to area residents that the Girard hospital has always been known for. When you go there, it is like going to see old friends who will do their very best to take care of your needs.

Mike Bodensteiner is the executive director of the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center-Greenbush.  

    Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?
    Access to outstanding medical services and education serves as the foundation for ensuring a high quality of life for any community. Girard has a long history of demonstrating its commitment to both of these critical institutions. My decision to run for the hospital board stems from my appreciation of the leadership that served before me and my desire to give back to the community that has given me so much.

    What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few     years?
    There are a number of distinct, but nonetheless related, issues that will need to be addressed by the board and the hospital in the coming years. Obviously, changes in  the health care system and ensuring all citizens have access to quality medical services are two challenges that lay head. Managing ever-decreasing fiscal resources, all the while attracting outstanding medical personnel, maintaining a high level of patient satisfaction and meeting the needs of the community, will be vital to the continued success of GMC.

    How important is our hospital to this community?
I believe it is difficult to separate the hospital from the larger community given it is such an important component, both in terms of economic impact and service delivery. At the end of the day, the success of the hospital rests with the mutual support and relationships that exist between the hospital, city and county government – and, most importantly, the residents of Crawford County.

Patty Leeds is retired and has served on the GMC Foundation and the Auxiliary.  She currently runs the Girard blood drives.

     Why did you choose to run for the hospital board?
    Actually I was asked to fill a vacant position and I gladly accepted. I served as a volunteer on the GMC foundation for 6 years. During that time I learned a lot about the hospital operations and it's knowledgeable and caring staff. I served on the foundation during the last major remodel and addition. It was exciting times and I was proud of being a part of that, even in a very small way. I want see our hospital remain an excellent provider of health services and a vial part of our community.

    What important issues/priorities do you see for the board and hospital in the next few years?
With so many changes in healthcare, insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid I believe it's important for our hospital leadership to keep educated on these changes to help make decisions that keep our hospital and staff up to date and financially sound.

    How important is our hospital to our community?
    Recently I was told by an Independence, KS resident that with the closing of their hospital they feel very vulnerable without an emergency room. It made me think how very lucky we are to have a medical facility with an excellent emergency room and a hospital that is up to date and with staff that are knowledgeable and caring. In addition our hospital provides jobs for many. Employees, patients, and their families help our economy by using local businesses. GMC is vital to our community.


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Glen Mathis
Mike Bodensteiner
Nancy E George
Patty Leeds
Mary Jane Dent