Sioux Valley names new CEO for medical center

Sioux Valley names new CEO for medical center Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System has named John Paulson as the new CEO for the Vermillion Medical Center.

Paulson, of Sioux Falls, accepted the position as the leader for the facilities. He assumed the position May 8.

"John has the right mix of skills for the community," said Fern Kaufman, chair of the Dakota Hospital Association and Community Board. "He brings experience, dedication and energy. As an administrator, he will be a good fit for physicians, staff and the people of Vermillion."

Paulson has been with Sioux Valley since 1987. He was the interim CEO in Vermillion in 1989-1990. Having worked with Sioux Valley Regional Health Services for 10 years, he was instrumental in building the network of rural hospitals and clinics affiliated with Sioux Valley.

Paulson has also served the system as the foundation director. Prior to accepting the CEO position, he was the vice president of University Medical Center Development for the Sioux Valley Health System .

Paulson succeeds Larry Veitz, who took the CEO position with another Sioux Valley facility, Canton-Inwood Memorial Hospital in Canton.

"I'm glad to be here and excited about the opportunities ahead of us," Paulson said. "I think Vermillion is ready to be an even stronger medical center. We are fortunate that Vermillion has excellent doctors, dedicated health care personnel, a representative Community Board, and South Dakota's most modern health care facilities of their kind.

"At the same time, we are faced with the realities of declining reimbursement, especially declining Medicare payments in comparison to increasing costs and competition," he continued. "Working together we can tackle these challenges to ensure that Vermillion area residents continue to have local access to comprehensive health care services."

As part of Sioux Valley's commitment to serving the health care needs for the Vermillion area, the system has five priorities:

* Providing excellent patient and resident care in partnership with and through the leadership of the medical staff.

* Promoting great employee satisfaction giving them the tools and recognition to excel in their roles.

* Developing leadership and service and fostering PRIDE throughout and in the institution.

* Ensuring financial stability � increasing services for local residents, and controlling costs.

* Expanding community and university relationships.

"We look forward to and need everyone's involvement and support to succeed and accomplish these priorities," Paulson said.

The Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Campus is made up of a 36-bed hospital, 66-bed nursing home, 23-apartment congregate housing facility, home health agency and an attached medical clinic which also operates an outreach site in Elk Point.

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