Wright, Dody acclimating to new positions

They have hit the ground running in the first few days of their respective jobs.

Robert Wright started Monday as the new CEO at Newman Regional Health, while Aron Dody began Wednesday night as superintendent for USD 251 North Lyon County. Both men appeared on KVOE's Morning Show this week.


Wright has been impressed with the current staff and list of services at Newman Regional Health. He says the hospital is poised to grow.

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Wright is also looking at full-time urology as an option.

Most recently the interim CEO for a hospital in Florida and at one time the CEO for hospitals in Michigan, Wright says the hospital's push the last six months for Critical Access designation, a cost-based reimbursement plan which could add $3 million to $4 million annually to the hospital's bottom line, was the right call -- although certain patient census guidelines may be challenging to meet initially. Hospital leaders have been awaiting final word from the federal government for over a month.

Meanwhile, Dody plans to build bridges and provide a lot of information to district patrons as USD 251 deals with a pair of thorny issues.

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The district is considering whether to build a single school building or renovate the current schools at Americus, Northern Heights and Reading. The North Lyon County school board will solicit input all year but may not push for a decision until sometime next year.

Dody also says he's concerned about the pending decision from the Kansas Supreme Court on education funding. The court is mulling whether lawmakers have "suitably" funded education after it told lawmakers to add $440 million to public education in 2005.

Dody was promoted from his current position as Americus Elementary and North Lyon County Junior High principal, a position he will keep through this school year.

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