Ron Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Allen County Regional Hospital, an award-winning Kansas critical access hospital dedicated to bringing innovative advanced healthcare to Southeast Kansas with a compassionate, personalized style, announced his retirement this week. Baker, who is completing his 37th year in healthcare, will retire effective this Spring or early Summer, at a time that will ensure a smooth transition.
Allen County Regional Hospital, the community’s premier healthcare resource, has a management agreement with HCA Midwest Health—the region’s leading healthcare provider—allowing access to HCA’s robust network of resources, while remaining locally owned.
“Ron was the ideal leader to help Allen County Regional Hospital successfully transition to its next phase,” says M.L. Lagarde, President, HCA Midwest Health. “His experience, accomplishments, and commitment to rural healthcare throughout his long career speak for themselves. Over the decades, Ron has dedicated himself to delivering the highest level of healthcare to patients.”
“It has been my honor and privilege to work with the dedicated team at Allen County Regional Hospital, and to be part of this vibrant community,” Baker says. “The physicians, nurses, and employees embrace the crucial role a community facility such as our hospital plays in supporting the needs of our residents and communities with advanced technology, physician specialists, and specialized care.”
Baker, who has more than 15 years experience in the start-up and operation of rural healthcare facilities, including Critical Access Hospitals, has led Allen County Regional Hospital since 2012, including the opening of the new facility in Fall 2013.
Baker plans to spend time with Ellie, his wife of 37 years; two children who live in Denver and Cincinnati; six grandchildren; and on his 25-acre farm. An accomplished organist, Baker also plans to pursue his love of music.
The Allen County Regional Hospital Board will commence a search for Baker’s replacement.
Allen County Regional Hospital offers comprehensive services for the entire family including cancer, stroke, and surgical care; ear, nose and throat care; emergency, home health and hospice care; imaging and laboratory and pain management services; 24-hour skilled rehabilitation; women’s services and more.