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March 9, 2011
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Hospital hires CEO

Grand River Hospital District has named James Coombs as the new Chief Executive Officer of Grand River Hospital District. Coombs will be filling the position on April 4, 2011.

"Jim has been our Chief Financial Officer for nearly five years and therefore, a key member of our outstanding management team. He has numerous years of experience in hospital operations and a vast knowledge of Grand River," said Sam Potter, President of the District's Board of Directors. "Our Board has the utmost confidence that he will continue his great work as the District's CEO and that the leadership transition will be seamless."

Coombs is excited to be able to serve Grand River in this new capacity.

"I am looking forward to being able to serve Grand River Hospital District and our local communities in this role. I believe in the future of this organization and our mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve," Coombs said.

Coombs will be officially assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer on April 4, after which current CEO Martie Wisdom will be working with Grand River until June 30 to help facilitate the leadership transition.

"I know that Jim will be an excellent leader for Grand River. I have worked with him for years and his leadership style, dedication, and integrity are superior," said Wisdom.

Coombs, his wife Kris, and his children live in Rifle and have a strong presence in the local area. He has been involved in many community groups, including Rifle Lions Club and the Boy Scouts.

"Our communities deserve the best in local healthcare. I am excited to continue on the positive trajectory Grand River has been on the past several years and help offer exceptional healthcare to all families in the area," said Coombs.

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