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SMDH Leadership


CEO Jason Edwards, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Hospital Administrator
Jason was born and raised in Salem, MO graduating from College of the Ozarks (C of O) in May 2002. With his Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics, he began his career in public health as a WIC Coordinator for Gasconade/Osage County Health Department in Hermann, Missouri. In June 2003 he returned to his hometown and began practicing as the Clinical Dietitian and Director of Nutrition Services here at Salem Memorial Hospital (SMH). During that transition, he was able to complete his internship and registration through the University of Delaware in 2004. After more than 15 years as a Clinical Dietitian and Director, Jason's passion to see SMDH grow and succeed took over. He then advanced his healthcare administrative education by achieving his Masters of Business Administration in 2010 and has been gaining experience ever since. In September 2019, he accepted the position as Chief Operating Officer, taking the next step as the Interim Chief Executive Officer in August 2023. Jason is focused on ensuring all the staff at SMH provide quality, patient centered healthcare first and foremost, with compassion and professional excellence. It’s One team, One fight and One family for Every patient, Every encounter, Every time...

CFO Doug Hoban, Chief Financial Officer
Doug has relocated back to Missouri from Friona Texas, where he was a successful Interim CFO at another critical access hospital. He is a highly experienced Finance Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Doug has greater than 30 years of healthcare accounting experience, and 27 years of healthcare senior leadership experience. The majority of his career was spent in the Mercy Health System, throughout Missouri. He is extremely skilled in budgeting, cash flow, business planning, accounting, and internal controls. Doug is a graduate from Webster University Springfield Mo Campus and we are excited to have him as a vital part of our executive team.

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
Ray Bruno, Board member for District #5

Mike Swyers, Board Member for District #2
My name is Mike Swyers and I have been serving on the SMDH hospital board for 6 years now representing District 2. I reside in the Sligo, MO on a 3rd generation family farm and am employed for Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council. For 40 years now I have been in the trade and 15 of those years as a Representative overseeing Labor and Management.

Wanda Tatom
Wanda Tatom, Board member for District #3
This is my first year serving on the Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors representing District 3. I graduated from Salem High School in 1986. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from University Missouri - Columbia in 1990, my Master's degree in School Counseling from Lincoln University in 1995, and my Specialist Degree in School Administration from William Woods University in 2012. I retired as Building Administrator after 32 years from Green Forest R-2 in May 2022. My husband and I currently reside on our farm off B Highway south of Salem. I am looking forward to serving our community over the next 6 years.

Judy Thompson
Judy Thompson, Board member for District #1
Born and raised in Salem. My good friend, neighbor and Employer, Dr Ted Ziske DDS, shared with me in early 80's he was not running for the Board. He knew I had worked at Hospital, received my EMT License and thought of the Hospital as extension of Family. Thus started my many years of service on the Board. My husband Bob and I will be married 54 years in November. We have two children, Lisa who lives in Lee's Summit and works for Kansas City Chiefs in accounting, our son Tom who has his PHD and works for the Mo. Conservation Department in Clinton. Two Grandsons Zachary and Jacob and Son-in-Law David. Also, one "old" beagle and one "old" horse. Someone asked me the other day why was I still on the Board? commitment, dedication and pride that our Community has a Hospital. We are Blessed!!

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.