Edgerton Hospital CEO Jim Pernau to retire

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Gazette staff
Thursday, May 15, 2014

EDGERTON—Edgerton Hospital CEO Jim Pernau is planning to retire after nearly 10 years at the helm of the hospital and 40 years working in the healthcare industry.

Pernau plans to retire in mid-July, according to an announcement Thursday from the hospital.

The hospital is seeking candidates to fill the position and looks to pick a new CEO by August, the hospital announced.

Hospital spokeswoman Sunny Bowditch said Pernau made the retirement announcement internally in April and the CEO has been "in and out" of the office since then.

In a written statement, Pernau said he's thankful for his time at the hospital, and "confident that the future is bright for top-quality, local health care." 

A panel of hospital administrators and hospital department employees will vet and interview finalists to replace Pernau, and the board of trustees will vote on a final recommendation for the position, Bowditch said.     

Bowditch said she does not believe the hospital's affiliate, SSM Health Care, will be involved in the selection of a new CEO.

As the hospital's top administrator, Pernau helped see through the completion of the new Edgerton Hospital and Health Services. The hospital, which opened in 2011 on the city's far east side, has received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval, a major national healthcare accreditation.  

Pernau most recently helped spearhead the hospital's “healthy village,” which includes community gardens, wooded walking paths and a paved, landscaped courtyard designed for rehabilitation and relaxation.

“He was very passionate about the healthy village and has been very involved in our gardens. I'm quite sure he'll stay involved,” Bowditch said.

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