Frank Rajewski, Chief Financial Officer at Rooks County Health Center (RCH), has been named interim Chief Executive Officer following the recent passing of Mike Sinclair, who had been RCH CEO since 2009.
Rajewski, a Plainville native, was chosen to helm the hospital during a special meeting of the RCH Board of Directors held on August 2. Rajewski received his Bachelors degree in Accounting from Fort Hays State University and an MBA from Wichita State University. He has held the position of CFO since 2011.
Jeff Van Dyke, Chairman of the RCH Board, noted that Rajewski had the full and unconditional support of the board which resulted in the unanimous vote to appoint him to the position. Van Dyke noted that Rajewski would be supported in his new dual roles as both CFA and interim CEO by RCH’s current Senior Leadership team of Bill Stahl, Stephaie Bjornstad, Pam Harman and Cindi Knipp.
Van Dyke went on to say that the search for a permanent CEO would begin soon, starting with a vetting of internal candidates and expanding nationwide if needed. “We will have an extensive and exhaustive search to find the right match for our vision and the culture of patient care that we have embraced here at RCH,” said Van Dyke. “We have one of the finest Critical Access Hospitals anywhere, and the strength of our current staff, led by our senior leaders, allows us to take the necessary time to make the right choice for our hospital and our community.”
In summing up the transition to his new position, Rajewski particularly mentioned the continuity of the current vision and goals of RCH, especially with regards to Phase 2 of the current hospital expansion. “We are moving ahead with a clear goal in sight, providing local access to the best health care possible for the people of Rooks County and the region. It’s the right thing to do for our community, for our patients and for the long-term success of Rooks County. And it’s what Mike would have wanted.”