The Coffey Health System Board of Trustees voted on November 10 to terminate the contract of Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Clingenpeel effective November 11. The board appointed Joben Rieth as interim CEO.
Rieth has served as interim chief nursing officer at Coffey County Hospital in Burlington since August. He will continue in both interim positions until nursing leadership is hired.
“We are confident in Joben’s leadership—and that of our executive team,” said CHS Board of Trustees Chair Rosemary Rich. “Our community is blessed to have a health system of this caliber with such a committed staff.”
Rieth has an extensive background in healthcare leadership. He was Chief Operating Officer for two Centura Health hospitals: St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City and Bob Wilson Medical Center in Ulysses. He also served in leadership positions at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in Texas, Saint Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, and Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton, Oklahoma.
In addition to being a registered nurse, Rieth holds a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Nazarene University. He has served on multiple boards within the Kansas Hospital Association and in community-level organizations in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
During the Nov. 10 special meeting, the CHS board met in four executive sessions totaling one hour and twenty minutes for the purpose of discussion of non-elected personnel. The meeting included all nine trustees and legal counsel via telephone.
Clingenpeel served just over a year at Coffey Health System.