Wille wins award during final days as DCH CEO

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Matt Wille, departing CEO of the Dallas County Hospital, has taken a final honor with the Iowa Hospital Association's awarding of the Young Executive Achievement Award.

Thursday marks the end of Matt Wille’s tenure as chief executive officer of the Dallas County Hospital (DCH) in Perry, a period during which he and the DCH have earned many awards.

But Wille will have to make room in his trophy case for one more because he won the the 2015 Iowa Hospital Association’s Young Executive Achievement Award earlier this month at the Iowa Hospital Association’s annual meeting.

Wille announced his resignation from the helm of the DCH in early September after he accepted a position in the Twin Cities with Allina Health. As the DCH CEO since 2010, Wille led his management team in a number of improvement, seeing increases both in employee satisfaction scores and patient satisfaction scores, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The hospital has also expanded its outreach efforts, with increased educational resources and free screening opportunities in the Perry area, according to the spokesperson.

“Matt has demonstrated excellent skills in leading Dallas County Hospital,” said Mary Laborde, chairperson of the DCH Board of Directors. “He values the input of the medical staff into strategic planning and has a valued relationship with the visiting specialists.”

Wille’s presence will also be missed by the front-line nursing and clinical staff.

“In my career of over 43, I have worked in nursing leadership in five Iowa organizations, and I can honestly say that Matt rises to the top of being an outstanding young executive,” said DCH Chief Clinical Officer Donna Vandehaar. “He is knowledgeable, visionary and challenging. He allows his staff to grow into new opportunities and he uses his experienced staff to enhance his knowledge and expertise.”

Established in 1984, the Iowa Hospital Association’s Young Executive Achievement Award was created to recognize up-and-coming health care executives, age 40 or younger, who have made a significant contribution to health care in the state of Iowa. The Selection Committee reviews nominees and bases its decision on letters of support and specific achievements.

Matt Wille led the Dallas County Hospital's management team since 2010.
Matt Wille led the Dallas County Hospital’s management team since 2010.

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