Robert Wright is optimistic in his first week as CEO of Newman Regional Health.
A media-only meet-and-greet was held with Wright Thursday. Wright tells KVOE News he was immediately impressed with Newman Regional's facilities and people.
Wright officially replaces Bob Dreiwer who resigned about 18 months ago. Interim CEO John Rossfeld did not seek the position full-time, but Wright says Rossfeld has made the transition easy.
Newman Regional has been seeking Critical Access designation, after seeing a tremendous loss in revenue last year. Wright has experience working with Critical Access facilities in Michigan, and says the goal is to both grow and sustain the hospital, and the features already in place.
Wright says there are no quality concerns, so he will start with customer satisfaction. To do this, he will be using employee committees, who will report to him and express their ideas and concerns. Wright says those committees work.
On the city of Emporia, Wright says he hasn't seen much of the town yet, but he can feel the closeness of the community, and is looking forward to exploring it.
Wright will be joining us live Friday morning at 6:45am on 14 KVOE and KVOE.com.