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Hospital executive from Michigan new CEO at Redwood Falls, Minn., hospital

REDWOOD FALLS — The Redwood Falls City Council has appointed Bryan Lydick as the Redwood Area Hospital’s new chief executive officer, with an anticipated June 3 start date.

Lydick, of Indian River, Mich., spent the past 13 years with Mercy Hospital Cadillac and Mercy Hospital Grayling in northern Michigan, most recently as chief business development officer.

In his previous position he was the lead executive for developing and executing growth strategies for two rural hospitals while providing operational oversight to non-clinical departments within the hospitals.

Within that role he also handled physician recruitment with structured retention strategies vital to a rural hospital setting.

“Our ability to attract someone with Bryan’s track record and knowledge reflects so highly on everyone involved with the hospital,” said Keith Muetzel, Redwood Falls city administrator and interim CEO of Redwood Area Hospital. “We look forward to Bryan’s leadership in driving and executing strategies that will allow the hospital to continue to provide strong healthcare to our community.”

Some of Lydick’s professional accomplishments include leading a $3 million capital campaign to renovate Mercy Hospital Cadillac’s emergency room and obstetrics department, creating the Mercy Hospital Cadillac Foundation with over $10 million in assets, and implementing a customer service program and customer-focused culture at Mercy Hospital Cadillac.

“The successful work I have been a part of is due to the great people involved,” said Lydick. “I strongly believe that partnerships and bringing people together harbors success. I’m thrilled to be joining an organization that has shown such dedication to bringing exceptional health care to the rural community.”

Lydick received his bachelor’s degree in health promotion and rehabilitation from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

For the past six months the hospital worked with the search firm Witt/Kieffer to conduct the CEO search.

The firm vetted many prospects before bringing the top four candidates to interview.

Three of those candidates were invited back to the hospital in March to meet the hospital’s staff and hold small group meetings with employees, medical staff, hospital commission and city council. After meeting candidates, everyone was invited to provide feedback through an anonymous online survey.

Lydick and his wife, Nicole, have three children: Samantha, 13; Mackenzie, 11; and Brode, 6.