Messmer named interim president and CEO for Unity Family Healthcare

Messmer replaces Carl Vaagenes, who recently announced his departure to accept the CEO position at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Messner has more than 30 years of experience as a health care executive. Most recently he served as CEO for Catholic Health Initiatives’ Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Ind., from 1996 – 2010. He was responsible for operations of a 152-bed hospital with $ 110 million in operating revenues, 850 employees and 165 physicians.

Through joint planning with the health system, medical staff and community board, Messmer led a result driven strategic plan to create new services, expand existing services and increased primary service area and market share, while focusing on excellence in quality, patient, physician and employee satisfaction and financial performance.

“Joe has a proven record of leadership, producing bottom-line results with limited resources while improving the quality of care as well as patient and employee satisfaction. In addition, Joe’s expertise includes revenue enhancements, physicians and staff recruitment, meeting accreditation standards and community relations,” said Drop.

Messmer grew up in Kensal, N.D., and continued to visit North Dakota often since he was chief financial officer of Mercy Medical Center in Williston, N.D.,  1983-1986 and controller of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Minot, N.D., 1980-1983.

Messmer received his master’s of business administration from Boise State University and bachelor of science in business administration from the University of North Dakota.

During his health care career, Messmer served on a number of state, regional and national professional boards and local service and community organizations. He is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Institute of CPAs.

Messmer has received many awards for his service to health care and community which include: “Mayor of Nampa, Making a Difference” award, Nampa Chamber of Commerce – “Business of the Year” award, Blue Cross of Idaho Quality award, Governor of Idaho “Shin-ing Star” award and Top 100 Hospitals – Thompson Top Hospitals/Total Benchmark Solutions, JCAHO Accreditation with commendations.

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