Hughes named permanent leader of MMSC

John Hughes has been named the permanent CEO and president of Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, the hospital announced Thursday.

Hughes has served as interim leader of the hospital since February after Brian Burnside resigned and took on a consulting role with the hospital.

At that point, MMSC Board Chair Dr. Terry Briggs said they were looking for “improved performance” with Hughes at the helm.

It appears the board has trust in Hughes as the interim tag has now been stripped from him. Hughes began at MMSC as chief operating officer last year.

“Since his arrival as chief operating officer, John has made an immediate impact at MMSC,” Briggs said. “Along with his professional experience, John’s very personable, a team player and an excellent communicator. He also has experience in healthcare construction projects, which is another element that is very attractive to us. I am particularly impressed with John’s commitment to open communication and cooperative relationships between the hospital and physicians.”

Hughes said he was honored to be selected at CEO.

“I am honored to have been selected as CEO and look forward to carrying on the hospital’s strong tradition as a trusted provider of care in the communities we serve,” he said.

Hughes takes the reins as MMSC enters into its 100th anniversary in 2014. The hospital is also in the midst of discussing a building project, a project that could potentially include new construction and renovation.

“It is a privilege to be involved in shaping this major event in the life of our community hospital and its clinics,” said Hughes.

Hughes is a former executive director of McFarland Clinic in Marshalltown, before leaving to take a role with Delphi Healthcare Partners.