New CEO announced for Van Buren County Hospital

Leaders of Van Buren County Hospital and University of Iowa Health Care announced Tuesday that Ray Brownsworth will begin serving as chief executive officer at the hospital in Keosauqua, Iowa, on July 28.

Brownsworth is currently the CEO of the George E. Weems Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola, Florida. He previously served as CEO of the Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney, Iowa, and as Vice President of General Services at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa, Iowa.

â??We are very pleased that Ray Brownsworth will bring his experience, leadership and skills back to Iowa,â?? said Lloyd Foster, chair of the Board of Trustees of Van Buren County Hospital. â??We feel strongly that he is a very good fit for our hospital, and that we are in a very good position to provide outstanding health care in southeast Iowa.â??

Brownsworth will report jointly to the Van Buren County Hospital Board of Trustees and Ken Kates, CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

â??I am delighted at the opportunity to work again with Ray, and I am looking forward to building on the strong relationship that already exists between these two excellent hospitals,â?? said Kates.

Brownsworth has also previously served on the Iowa Task Force on Disaster Surge Capacity, Iowaâ??s Early Access Council for Children and the Iowa Hospital Association, District F Chairperson. He has also served as Board President for Keokuk County Assisted Living, president and secretary of the Sigourney Area Development Corporation, and the Iowa Regional Alliance Sustainability Committee.

â??I firmly believe that it is vitally important to be active in the community where I live and work, and I am eager to get to know not only my new colleagues at Van Buren County Hospital, but the people we serve across southeast Iowa,â?? said Brownsworth.

(information provided by University of Iowa Health Care)