I am pleased to announce that Darrel Box, RPh, MHA, has accepted the position of chief executive officer of Lafayette Regional Health Center effective January 28. Since 2003, Darrel has served as vice president of operations at Lafayette Regional. He is an excellent hospital operator with many successes and accomplishments in creating efficiencies and throughput in the operational areas of the hospital. For example, he implemented changes that led to an increase in ER volumes by 50 percent in five years; developed an ENT program to increase surgical volume; opened a sleep lab and a wound clinic; and transitioned “night-hawk” service that resulted in more than $60,000 in cost savings and improvement of turnaround time by 50 percent.
Darrel has been an integral part of the management team that guided Lafayette Regional to numerous accolades and achievements including Joint Commission Top Performer in 2011 and 2012 and first in patient satisfaction in the company in 2010, fourth in 2011 and consistently in the top quartile in 2012. Darrel is highly involved in the community surrounding the hospital, and currently serves as chairman of the Community Health Foundation of Lafayette County, vice-chair of the Healthcare Collaborative of Rural Missouri, and an ad hoc member of Lexington Community Betterment. He has also served as the mayor pro-tem and an alderman for the City of Buckner.
Prior to serving as Lafayette Regional Health Center’s VP of operations, Darrel served chief of pharmacy operations for Pharmerica in Lenexa, Kansas. His background as a pharmacy tech, staff pharmacist, pharmacy director and materials manager has provided him with an empathy with and understanding of the challenges facing frontline caregivers. Please join me in congratulating Darrel on this well-deserved promotion. We are honored to have him in the position of CEO of Lafayette Regional Health Center.
Mel Lagarde, President, HCA MidAmerica Division