Passavant announces new CEO, pending affiliation

By Jim McCabe on February 20 at 1:36pm

Doug Rahn (left) with Chester Wynn at Passavant this morning.

Passavant Area Hospital has named a new president and CEO.

The hospital’s board of directors has selected Doug Rahn, the current executive vice president and chief operating officer of Memorial Health System. The move is pending the successful completion of Passavant’s affiliation with Memorial.

Rahn has served as Memorial’s COO for the past six years and has been with the health system since 2006.

“I really got interested in this role as the chief executive officer while we were doing some of the due diligence to work through the affiliation between Passavant and Memorial Health System, and I think it’ll be a significant advantage to Passavant with my background at Memorial as chief operating officer in terms of being able to leverage and utilize the resources, understand how Memorial can help or benefit the organization,” Rahn says.

“It certainly should help with the transition as we become closer partners, so I think it’ll be a big asset going forward.”

In a press release, Passavant board of directors chairwoman Jan Terry said board members unanimously agreed that selecting Rahn would be in the community’s best interest.

Among his accomplishments, Rahn successfully implemented Memorial’s patient-satisfaction and cost-reduction initiatives and completion of a long-term facility planning study, which has resulted in several facility expansion projects, including Memorial’s Advancing Care by Design expansion.

Current CEO Chester Wynn, who’s retiring, says the board agreed to talk to Memorial if there was someone in the organization available for the CEO position.

“Nobody imagined that Doug would be available. Otherwise, we would have gone through, probably, a six-month search to find somebody that we didn’t know who they were,” says Wynn.

Rahn lives in Murrayville with his wife, Mickie.

“Certainly played into my decision to accept this position, and my wife and I have lived in Murrayville for a little over two years. We’ve owned some property longer than that, but we grew up in the area. We were actually married in Murrayville 31 years ago, so it very much feels like we’re coming home, if you will, and just shifting from our personal to my professional life in being able to work here in Jacksonville,” says Rahn.

“So, we’re very excited to be able to get more involved in the community and very much looking forward to learning more about the organization and the other area organizations as we work together.”

Rahn has held various top administrative positions at hospital systems in Florida and Michigan. He holds a doctorate of business administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Rahn says he’s looking forward to working alongside Passavant’s 900 full and part-time employees, volunteers and partnering physicians.

“I’ve been so impressed with the people of the organization and the leadership that the board [has], the dedication of the board members is extremely impressive, and they’re very engaged. The auxiliary’s extremely engaged and impressive,” says Rahn.

“I’ve got quite a bit of experience working in smaller hospitals. Not that Passavant’s extremely small, but it’s certainly smaller than Memorial Medical Center. It’ll be a lot of fun; I think the community will really see some nice enhancements to services as we integrate with Memorial and are able to bring some of those resources into Jacksonville and the surrounding area,” he continues.

Rahn will begin the position April 1st, pending an approval of the Passavant-Memorial affiliation agreement, which was originally reached in January. He says he’ll take time to evaluate the priorities for the hospital of the community and the board of directors.