(This is an archived story from 2009)
Perham Memorial Hospital and Home CEO, Chuck Hofius, announced his resignation to the organization's Board of Trustees at its December 2 meeting. Hofius has been at the helm of the growing health care continuum for over 12 years.
In his letter of resignation, Hofius stated he has accepted an offer from a large, national, older adult services company as regional director of its facilities in Minnesota and Ohio.
"I have been blessed with rewarding opportunities during my tenure and have always greatly appreciated the support I have received," said Hofius. "I certainly feel a sense of sadness that I will be leaving before the new hospital is complete. I would not leave if I didn't firmly believe the strong board, MeritCare, and the local management will be able to continue to grow this organization and make it even better than it is today." Hofius' last day at PMHH will be January 15, 2010.
Hofius has been instrumental in leading PMHH to becoming one of the premiere health care providers in the region. Early in his tenure, he facilitated the building of Briarwood, PMHH's senior housing complex. In 2004, under his leadership, the hospital was named to the prestigious list of Top 100 Hospitals in America. Hofius was named Administrator of the Year in 2006 by Aging Services of Minnesota, the State's older adult services association. He will likely be most remembered for his leadership in the construction and opening in 2006 of the new nursing home, which has been acclaimed both nationally and internationally for its innovative model of care. Most recently, Hofius has worked effortlessly on a plan to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Perham.
"It is with the deepest regrets the Board of Trustees accepts Chuck's resignation," said Kathy Hemmelgarn, PMHH board chair. "Chuck's vision, leadership, and tireless commitment have been the guiding light by which PMHH has become a respected and progressive organization. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we wish Chuck the best in his new career and thank him for all he has accomplished."
Hemmelgarn echoes Hofius' assurance his resignation will not affect the future of the new hospital project. "During his time at PMHH, Chuck has developed a talented and extremely competent team of leaders who will continue his vision to have the best health care continuum in the area."
MeritCare Health System, the management company that operates PMHH, has already implemented the process to find a replacement for Hofius. According to Paulette Amundson, MeritCare's Executive Partner of Regional Services, the first step will be to solidify interim leadership and to guarantee that will be in place by January 15, with a permanent replacement within 120 days of Hofius' departure.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Chuck the last 12 and ½ years," she adds. "He has provided excellent leadership for PMHH and it has been exciting to observe the growth that has occurred in Perham. With that, I am also happy that he has another opportunity that provides him with additional experiences and challenges."
"I want to thank each of you for the support you have given me over the years," Hofius continues in his letter of resignation. "I have never found a job so thoroughly rewarding. I have honestly been able to say each day, 'I love my job!' I will greatly miss all of the wonderful people I have worked with over the years and the friendships I've been so fortunate to have made."