Brownsworth to leave Weems

Ray Brownsworth

Ray Brownsworth

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 03:19 PM.

Weems Memorial Hospital CEO Ray Brownsworth told county commissioners Tuesday morning he would be leaving his post July 18, as he and his family plan to move back to Iowa.

Brownsworth, who stabilized the hospital’s often tumultuous fortunes in the 20 months he has been at the helm, said he has accepted the chief executive officer position at a hospital of comparable size in southeastern Iowa.

He said his decision was motivated in part by his family’s desire to be closer to his 19- and 20-year-old daughters, as well as his wife Lori’s parents. The family circle in Apalachicola also includes daughter Sarah, and sons Luke and Adam Hames.

“I had to evaluate what I’m doing with the next 12 years of my life,” said Brownsworth, 56. “I decided that the investment in my children was the most important thing.

“We like it down here,” he said, “We like the area, we like the people, we like the hospital. It’s a tough decision thinking about moving back.”

An Oklahoma native, Brownsworth began as Weems CEO on Oct 8, 2012, after moving here from Sigourney, Iowa, where he had worked as a hospital administrator.

“I’m proud of where the hospital is today,” he said, in an interview Tuesday afternoon. “We’re more financially stable than we were 20 months ago when I first started, and cash flow’s better.”

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