Memorial Hospital of Converse County CEO Ryan Smith announced Tuesday that he would be resigning from his position at the hospital at the end of the summer.

Ryan has been the hospital leader since December 2011 and said he has enjoyed his time in Douglas.

“My decision to leave was with a large amount of cognitive dissonance,” Smith said. “It was not an easy decision.”

Smith plans to leave by the end of August while working to ensure a smooth transition for the new CEO.

“Ryan is an extraordinary hospital CEO, and we are all sorry to see him leave,” MHCC Board Chairman Bob Kayser said. “This hospital is in a superior position thanks to Ryan and his team. Moving forward, I have every confidence in our senior team, providers and staff to continue our journey to be the best healthcare organization in Wyoming.”

“I worked as the CFO in Homer, Alaska, 21 years ago and it has always been my dream to return there some day,” Smith said. “I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity and privilege the Memorial Hospital Board of Directors gave me to lead this organization as CEO for nearly eight years.

“With their dedication and support, I had the privilege to work alongside an outstanding group of board members, employees, physicians and ambassadors.”

Ryan is proud of all the accomplishments the hospital achieved during his tenure and even has a tattoo to remember his time in Douglas.

“If we received an approval rate greater than 80%, I promised the employees I would get a tattoo,” Ryan said. “We met that goal, and I now have the hospital logo and core values on my arm.”

Smith started his career in the healthcare field in the housekeeping department at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He continued his career in the finance arm of a number of hospitals before coming to Douglas.

Smith will be the CEO at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska.

“I really appreciate the community and hospital for supporting me during my time here,” Ryan said. “We will miss Douglas.”

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