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Goettsch settles in as new hospital administrator

The Akron Hometowner of Akron, Iowa

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Barry Goettsch is settling in this week as the new administrator at Hawarden Community Hospital.

Goettsch's official first day was March 1. Speaking from Sioux City Mercy Medical network, he said he is looking forward to the Hawarden Community Hospital (HCH) assighment.

"I'm very excited about working at Hawarden. Hawarden Community Hospital has had a great reputation in' the past, and will continue to have one," Goettsch said.

Goettsch comes to Hawarden where he was a vice president for clinical services at Cherokee Hospital. He was the finalist of four suggested by Mercy Medical and named by Hawarden Hospital Board of Trustees earlier this month. He replaces Chad Markham.

Brian Monsma of Mercy Medical Network said the hiring of Goettsch is an important step forward for HCH.

The small town hospital offers many benefits, Goettsch said. "We offer face to face services as a small town hospital, and decisions are made locally; it is unique in that way, and won't be impacted by the national talk of health care. "Sioux County is unique in that it has four hospitals," he said.

He hopes to continue the quality care Hawarden's hospital has been known for.

By way of background, Goettsch earned a sociology degree for his bachelor's at University of Iowa, and worked in the mental health field. He has a master's degree from University of South Dakota. He and his wife Eva have two children. They will be moving to the Hawarden area soon.

"It seems like a natural transition," Goettsch said of working in mental health and then hospital administration.

Hawarden Community Hospital has been part of town since the 1930s. Clinics have been added there and at Ireton, and the new administrator hopes those services and others will increase. The staffing level will be looked at as the strategic planning process, which started under Markham, continues, Monsma said.

The hospital's service area includes Akron, Ireton, and Alcester areas. It is 111 11th Street in Hawarden. Phone is 551-3100.

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Original Publication Date: March 3, 2010

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