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SMDH Leadership


Don Babb, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Hospital Administrator

Ashley Sullins, R.N.-B.S.N., Chief Nursing Officer
Ashley began her nursing career in the healthcare industry July 2003. Since graduating from East Central College, LPN-RN bridge program, she began gaining knowledge and experience in several areas of nursing including Med/Surg, Oncology, Home Health, and Hospice. In March of 2009, Ashley transitioned into a leadership position as Administrator/Director of Nurses of a Home Care & Hospice facility in the surrounding area and continued these roles and responsibilities for the next 11 years.
Ashley is focused on quality patient centered care and positive nursing outcomes which led her to accept the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer position in January of 2021, soon after gaining full responsibilities as Chief Nursing Officer at Salem Memorial District Hospital in August of 2021. Ashley is committed to working with nursing staff, physicians, and all other members of the healthcare team to ensure safe and quality care is provided to every patient, every encounter, every time.
Ashley holds a bachelor's degree of which she obtained from Western Governor's University in 2019.

Board of Directors

Ray Bruno - Chairman
Mike Swyers - Vice Chairman
Willie Strader - Secretary

Judy Thompson, Board member for District #1
Mike Swyers, Board member for District #2
Dennis Fiebelman, Board member for District #3
Willie Strader, Board member for District #4
Ray Bruno, Board member for District #5
A.J. Seay, Board member for District #6

Starting from left:
back row: AJ Seay, Dennis Fiebelman, Ray Bruno, Willie Strader
front row: Judy Thompson, Mike Swyers

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction of the hospital. Its duties include:
     Overseeing and supporting the Hospital Administrator
     Assuring responsible fiscal management
     Developing strategy and setting goals
     Ensuring healthcare regulations and laws are followed
     Identifying and responding to the community's needs and advocating on its behalf
     Assessing and demonstrating the hospital's benefit to the community

Candidates for Board of Director of the hospital district shall be citizens of the United States, voters of the district of which they are a candidate, and who have resided within the state for one (1) year next preceding the election and who are at least thirty years of age.

There are six (6) districts within the hospital district and one (1) director from each district serves a six (6) year term.

Election filing dates are announced by Missouri Ethics Commission and dates are published each year in local newspapers for the district whose term is expiring.

During election filing, candidates are required to file in person at the Hospital Administrative office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Office closing dates are announced in the public notice each year. For district information, candidates need to come to SMDH Administrative office to pick up a Board packet.

Meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Tuesday of every month. Call Administration for further information at 573-729-6626.