After seven years at the helm, CEO of Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC), John O’Brien, has announced he will be retiring effective September 1. At the same time, the MRHC Board of Directors has also announced that current Chief Nursing Officer, Linn Block, RN, BSN, MHA, has been named the new CEO. “Our hospital benefitted tremendously from the experience and leadership of John O’Brien for the last seven years,” says Board President, Bret Richards,. “We not only thank him for his valued service, but also for providing our board with many months of working with and preparing Linn Block to ensure a smooth transition for this CEO change.” O’Brien has more than 44 years of experience in healthcare, the majority served in an administrative capacity. He came to MRHC in 2012, during the planning and construction of their 62,000 square foot hospital. He says he is very proud of what his team has been able to accomplish over his time here. O’Brien and his wife will be moving back to Michigan to be closer to family. “Our whole family lives within 10 miles of one another and it will be great to be able to see them on an ongoing basis,” he says. “And I’m truly blessed that my parents are still around. They’re 87 and 89, so we look forward to spending time with them upon moving back.” Block has been a registered nurse since 1992, beginning her career at Mercy Medical Center. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in 1999 and a master’s degree in 2011. She had also previously worked at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. Block and her husband, Nick, live on a farm in Calhoun County and have three children: Joey, Jacob and Brinkley.
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