CEO Dan Grigg accepts position in Enterprise

CEO Dan Grigg accepts position in Enterprise

On Monday, May 22, Dan Grigg announced that he intends to resign from his position as chief executive officer (CEO) of Harney County Health District. The health district is comprised of Harney District Hospital (HDH), HDH Family Care Clinic, HDH Physical and Sports Therapy, NewSun Energy & Harney District Hospital Specialty Care Clinic, and HDH Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

“It’s with mixed feelings that I give you notice of my intent to resign,” Grigg wrote in a letter to the Health District Board of Directors. “It’s been an amazing ride, and I will always look back on my time here fondly.”

Grigg reported that he accepted the CEO position at Wallowa County Health Care District in Enterprise. His last day at HDH will be Sept. 1, 2023.

“This will provide time for the board to make plans for finding my replacement and assist in a smooth transition,” Grigg stated.

Grigg, who’s served as the CEO of Harney County Health District since 2015, added that, “These past eight years have been full of incredible experiences as well as difficult challenges. Shortly after my arrival, we had the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and we have experienced a global pandemic together.”

He added, “These past couple of years have been especially challenging, as we have worked to rebuild staffing in our EMS, lab, and nursing departments. Despite the challenges, we have accomplished a lot together.”

Grigg went on to share some highlights from his tenure as CEO of the Harney County Health District, which include:
• opening the Specialty Care clinic and remodeling the pharmacy and Family Care clinic;
• developing a thriving dermatology program with Dr. Oliver Wisco and his team;
• demonstrating that the community can support a successful orthopedics program and developing a blueprint for the future of the program;
consistently maintaining top scores on patient satisfaction surveys;
• successfully completing two DNV surveys. (DNV is a nationally recognized and respected accreditation company with rigorous certification standards;)
• developing an organizational integrity program;
• redefining the organization’s mission, vision, and values;
• offering new employees an alternative to the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS);
• raising the health district’s minimum starting wage to $15 per hour and offering the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) benefit package;
• increasing the organization’s days of cash on hand;
• reestablishing the Harney Hospital Foundation, resulting in more than $400,000 in grants and fundraising during the past five years; and
• successfully transitioning to the EPIC Electronic Health Record system for the hospital and clinics.

It has been an honor to serve as your CEO, and I will always treasure the relationships and experiences I have had here,” Grigg wrote in a letter to his staff. “I will miss all of you. We have an amazing organization, and the next CEO will be fortunate to work with you.”


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