NORFOLK — A familiar face is now in charge of the largest health services provider in the Norfolk area.
The Faith Regional Health Services (FRHS) Board of Directors and the Lutheran Community Hospital Association (LCHA) announced the appointment of Kelly Driscoll, RN, MHA, FACHE as President and CEO of Faith Regional Health Services on Friday.
Driscoll joined Faith Regional Health Services in 2011, as Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. In 2013, she accepted the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Driscoll also served as interim CEO and President at Faith Regional for periods in 2014 and 2018.
Driscoll brings 23 years of healthcare experience to this position, including more than 20 years of senior leadership experience. She earned her Registered Nurse Degree at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, IA, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Hamilton Business College in Cedar Rapids, IA and her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA.
She received the distinguished certification as a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2012 and was also named among the 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know in 2015, 2016, and 2017 by Becker’s Hospital Review.
“Kelly has been a true asset to Faith Regional over the past seven years,” said John Dinkel, Faith Regional Health Services’ Board Chair. “She’s been instrumental to the organization’s growth of services, recruitment and quality achievements. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will lead Faith Regional to continued success as a regional partner providing high quality healthcare close to home.”
Craig Boche, President of the LCHA, commented, “The Lutheran Community Hospital Association board strongly supports Kelly in her new role as President and CEO of FRHS. Recognized by leaders in other healthcare systems in the Midwest as a rising star in the industry, she has the right combination of abilities to lead an independent healthcare organization like FRHS. We are fortunate to have Kelly’s leadership and look forward to a long relationship with the organization and community.”
“Kelly Driscoll is an experienced healthcare executive with a long-standing commitment to Faith Regional Health Services and the community,” stated Dr. Maryanne Hartzell, Cardiologist at Faith Regional CardioVascular Institute. “She is a strong leader with a talent for problem solving and team building. She has a clear vision for growth and unification of our healthcare community to improve the health and wellbeing of patients throughout northeast Nebraska.”
Dr. Leon Gebhardt, Pediatrician at Heartland Pediatrics, commented, “I have had the opportunity and pleasure to work with Kelly Driscoll on several occasions over the past number of years. I look forward to her leadership at Faith Regional and to continuing to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare for northeast Nebraska.”
“Mrs. Driscoll is thoughtful, affable and patient centric,” said Dr. Zackary Gangwer, Foot and Ankle Specialist at Faith Regional Physician Services Foot & Ankle Surgery. “Her clinical experience gives her a solid foundation of putting the patient first. Mrs. Driscoll’s service at Faith Regional Health Services and to our community over the last seven years makes her well-equipped to lead further advancements and healthcare opportunities for patients in the region.”
Driscoll will begin her new role immediately.