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SMDH Leadership


Wayne Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Hospital Administrator
Mr. Reid started his healthcare career in the Air Force and has over 30 years of hospital operations and leadership experience, working in for-profit and faith-based, non-profit health systems. He has served as CEO of Select Specialty Hospital, Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Health hospitals in Ohio and Kentucky, and Vice President of Ashland City Hospital, a critical access hospital in Ashland City, Tennessee.

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

AJ Seay - Secretary
AJ Seay - Board Chairman : District #6
I have been serving on the SMDH Board of Directors since 2007 in both District 2 and 6. 1990 Salem High Graduate and 1995 University of Central Missouri Graduate. I reside east of Salem with my Wife Megan and children Kolson and Zoey. I'm a lender with The Bank of Salem and besides serving on the SMDH Board I also serve on the Dent County Disabilities Board and Dent County Museum Board.

Willie Strader-Vice Chairman
Willie Strader - Vice Chairman : District #4
I have been on the board since 2019. I graduated from Salem High School in 1998 and then from Columbia College in 2004. I am an insurance agent for Missouri Farm Bureau. My Wife Stephanie and I live on a cattleman farm in Gladden with our daughter Preslie.

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!!

Ray Bruno
Ray Bruno, Board member for District #5

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.