Mary Lanning Heathcare selects new CEO

HASTINGS — A Kirksville, Mo., man who has been recognized nationally for his leadership has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Mary Lanning Healthcare.

The Mary Lanning Healthcare Board of Trustees announced Friday that Eric A. Barber, who in 2011 was named one of "291 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" by Becker's Hospital Review, will assume the leadership role in the coming months.

Barber will oversee all clinical and fiscal operations of Mary Lanning, including the acute-care hospital and medical clinics including Hastings Family Practice, Moscati Health Center, the Community Health Center, Hastings Imaging Center, the Blue Hill and Edgar Medical Clinics and The Lanning Center for Behavioral Services.

Jeff S. Anderson, board of trustees president, said the board is pleased to welcome Barber and his family to Mary Lanning and the community.

"Mr. Barber's extensive background in healthcare will provide positive leadership for Mary Lanning in the future," Anderson said. "He seems to be the right fit as we navigate the challenges of remaining a strong, independent hospital in a changing healthcare environment."

Barber earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a master of healthcare administration degree from the University of Kansas. He began his career as a certified nurses' assistant.

Barber said this experience anchored his commitment and dedication to healthcare.
Barber has been involved in leadership roles, including serving as chief operating officer and, most recently, CEO at Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) in Kirksville, Mo. He is active in professional associations and community/service organizations, as well many civic activities.

As CEO, he led NRMC to be recognized as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2011 by Becker's Hospital Review. He has been successful in establishing collaborative relationships with physicians leading to strong satisfaction and retention. He also has extensive experience in quality and safety improvement.

Barber grew up in Garden City, Kan. His wife, Julie, is an Oakland native. Barber said both he and his wife are committed to rural living and are excited to move to Hastings where they can raise their young children in close proximity to family. The family will relocate to Hastings over the summer.

Barber will begin his new position on Aug. 19.

Anderson acknowledged the work of the CEO Search Committee, which included physicians and board members, in the recruitment and evaluation process.

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