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CEO Receives IHA Leadership Award

October 11, 2018

Boone County Hospital CEO, Joe Smith, being presented the 2018 Iowa Hospital Assocation Excellence in Leadership Award.Congratulations to Boone County Hospital CEO Joe Smith who was presented the 2018 Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Excellence in Leadership Award at the IHA Annual Conference in Des Moines on October 10th. This award is presented annually to an outstanding Iowa hospital or health system executive who shows achievement in local, state and national health care affairs, leadership among peers and contributions to the community. In other words, this is recognition of proven dedication to excellence.

Smith is described as an asset to "the community, the county, the state and the health care nation." In his 25-year tenure, the hospital has seen downturns, expansions, celebrations and heartache, but through it all there has always been steady, compassionate, courageous and community-oriented leadership. One hospital leader wrote that Smith has a relentless focus on what is important and what is necessary, an ability that has benefited the hospital as well as IHA. Yet even more important, he seemingly knows the strength of every hospital employee and brings out the best in everyone. More than one letter writer stated that the hospital has survived and thrived directly because of this CEO’s exceptional leadership and dedication.

Pictured with Joe is IHA Chair Steve Baumert

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