Jim Sinek chosen as new president of Boone Hospital Center

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | 4:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Taking on his fourth stint as a CEO, Jim Sinek will be joining Boone Hospital Center in August. The board of trustees in conjuction with BJC HealthCare which runs the hospital, searched for about six months before they decided Sinek would be the right person for the job.

Sinek will be joining the hospital on Aug. 12 with a lot of expectations and plans. "Our collective expectation will be to build on the clinical success of Boone Hospital, continue working on patient satisfaction and raising their level of experience at the hospital," Sinek said.

His plans also include integrating how patient care is provided and coordinated, acquiring the best technology and growing affiliations with other hospitals and clinics in the region.

Sinek is currently completing his tenure as president and CEO with Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb. He said his work there for the past five years has been the high point of his career thus far. 

His first role as CEO was with Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1999, where he worked for three years. 

With 14 years of experience as a CEO at three different hospitals, Sinek said his job at Boone Hospital Center will be exactly what he was looking for professionally. 

"Boone Hospital will be the largest hospital I have worked at and it is interested in expanding, which is what a CEO wants," he said. "As CEOs in hospital management, we're always energized to go to the next level and accomplish bigger things at bigger hospitals."

The timing for a change in job was opportune for his family as well. "My daughter, Quincy, will be joining a high school in the fall and my son, Joseph, is a year behind her. We think Columbia is a vibrant town and there will be a lot of opportunities my wife and kids."

Sandra Van Trease, group president of BJC HealthCare, said Sinek had the leadership skills and personality the hospital was looking for. "We wanted a leader with depth and breadth, who gets things done in a collaborative way," she said.

Sineksaid the average tenure for most CEOs in a single hospital  is four years. "But I would like to make my relationship with Boone Hospital Center long-term. My kids will graduate high school from Columbia and I would not want to uproot them," he said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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