On August 26, 2009, Rick Doan, CEO of Barnesville Hospital, was announced as the recipient of the "Administrator of the Year" award by the Ohio State Office of Rural Health. The goal of the Ohio State Office of Rural Health is to help strengthen rural health care delivery systems by creating a focal point for coordinating rural health initiatives statewide. Their award recognizes an administrator who displays strong leadership in community needs assessment and program implementation of health care services at a Critical Access Hospital in Ohio. Criteria used by the evaluation committee in selecting Mr. Doan included his effectiveness as a leader at Barnesville Hospital, his effectiveness as a leader in the community, and his lasting contribution to the rural health care system.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and a Master of Hospital & Health Administration from Xavier University, Mr. Doan, a Barnesville native, returned to Barnesville in 1987 to become Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Barnesville Hospital. In that role, Doan has worked tirelessly to bring new healthcare services and state of the art technology and equipment to Barnesville and surrounding communities. He has worked to recruit physicians and qualified health professionals. He has actively partnered with Ohio Hills Health Services, a federally qualified health center, to bring quality health services to the area. Mr. Doan was instrumental in formation of the Ohio State Health Network, a consortium of independent Ohio hospitals whose mission is cost containment, information sharing, and education. During his tenure as Chairman of the Board, Doan was instrumental in initiating several cost savings opportunities for member hospitals.

Mr. Doan's professional memberships include Ohio Department of Health FLEX Advisory Board; Diplomate, American College of Healthcare Executives; Board Director, past Chairman, Ohio State Health Network; Past Chairman, Ohio Hospital Association, CEO Committee on Advocacy & Policy; Adjunct Faculty, Ohio University Eastern; and Recipient, Senior Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Doan's civic memberships include Member, Past President, Barnesville Rotary Club; Member, Past Administrative Chair, First United Methodist Church, Barnesville; Voting Member, Past Trustee, Barnesville Education Foundation; and Past Member, Village Review Board, Village of Barnesville.

Barnesville Hospital's Board of Trustees and 330 employees feel fortunate to have Mr. Doan at the helm of the organization and take this opportunity to congratulate him on this award. According to Mel Milburn, Chairman of the Board, "I can think of no one that deserves it more. I have seen Rick grow from a new hospital administrator to the leader he is today. Because of Rick's tireless leadership, Barnesville Hospital has become a leading health care provider."

Caption: Rick Doan, Chief Executive Officer of Barnesville Hospital

and recipient of the "Administrator of the Year" award.