The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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August 27, 2013

New administrator hired for St. Peter hospital

ST. PETER — River's Edge Hospital in St. Peter has named its new head administrator.

George Rohrich, who has worked in hospital administration since 1977, will take over Oct. 14 for the retiring Colleen Spike, who had been the hospital's head administrator for 14 years.

The hospital is owned and run by the city of St. Peter. At its City Council meeting Monday, Rohrich's contract was approved. He'll be paid an annual salary of $155,000 and will have 44 days of paid time off (sick, vacation, holiday). His initial contract will run about 26 months.

St. Peter City Administrator Todd Prafke said Rohrich seemed the best fit for the job.

“The commission and council saw him as having wonderful experience in critical access hospitals and quality leadership skills,” Prafke said. “His experience in working with hospitals that were of similar size, and his ability to help the hospital develop a clear vision for future was very impressive.”

Rohrich spent six years as the CEO of The Memorial Hospital at Craig in Craig, Colo., where he oversaw construction of the facility. He helped recruit numerous physicians to Craig to work there.

Before Craig, he served as CEO at Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyo., and four years as the administrator of the Pembina County Memorial Hospital in Cavalier, N.D. He also spent 15 years in medical administration for the U.S. Air Force in hospitals across the country.

He is married and has two grown children. Rohrich earned a degree in management and humanservices from Park University in Missouri.

When Rohrich left the facility in Craig, he did so by means of an abrupt resignation. Little was made public about the reasons for his departure, but an article published in the Craig Daily Press suggests Rohrich may have left on bad terms with the hospital administration.

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