Todd C. Linden is president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, a 49-bed, private non-profit hospital in Grinnell, Iowa. Linden received his master of arts degree in Health Administration and a bachelor of arts degree, both from the University of Iowa. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
During his tenure, Grinnell Regional has tripled its medical staff to over 50 physicians and mid-level providers; created a fitness and rehab center; added a 36,000 square foot medical office building; developed an integrated medicine program; constructed a three-million dollar rural medical mall in an adjacent county; built three new community outreach clinics; and is currently implementing a $40 million comprehensive facilities master plan (including a $4 million (1988) and an $8 million dollar (2003) community capital campaign).
Since coming to Grinnell in 1994, Linden has been recognized for his leadership by the Des Moines Register, the Iowa Hospital Association, the Iowa Jaycee’s, Modern Healthcare Magazine, the Grinnell Business Women’s Association, the Healthcare Forum, the American Hospital Association, the University of Iowa, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Linden is a frequent speaker at national conferences and state hospital associations. He has had the opportunity to testify in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and a special teleconference with the President of the United States on healthcare issues. He also helped to lead a successful national effort to get language in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to address the inequitable Medicare reimbursement level for mid-sized rural hospitals in America.
Linden served on the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2005; currently serves on the Health Forum board; is past-chair of both the Iowa Hospital Association and Health Enterprises of Iowa; serves on the Grinnell College board of trustees, the University of Iowa College of Public Health advisory board, and National Rural Advisory Committee for the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa, as well as a faculty member for the American College of Healthcare Executives.He has been active at the state level through appointments made by Iowa’s Governor, including chair of the Iowa Telemedicine Advisory Council. Locally, Linden serves or has served on the boards of the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Poweshiek Iowa Development, Waterford Group, Imagine Grinnell, Grinnell Renaissance (past-chair), and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation.
Suzanne Cooner, RN, MS, is currently the vice-president of operations at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. She has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare field primarily in hospital administration with a specific focus in the areas of service quality, leadership development, grant writing, and program development. Before coming to Grinnell, Cooner was the CEO of Devereux Hospital and Neurobehavioral Institute in Houston, Texas.
Cooner is a recognized speaker and guest lecturer on a state and national level, addressing healthcare issues such as integrated medicine, emergency preparedness, patient safety, TeamSTEPPS, and end of life care. She has led GRMC’s efforts to earn distinction as a national leader through best practice medicine, patient safety, quality, and emergency preparedness.Cooner was nominated by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver to receive the 2007 Iowa Hospital Association’s Iowa Hospital Hero Award for work accomplished in emergency preparedness. At the local level, she has served on the board of directors for the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Galaxy Youth Center, and the Poweshiek County Mental Health Center. She also served as the project director for the international "Well Communities" project.
Jack Fritts is the vice-president of finance and chief financial officer for GRMC. Fritts oversees the organization’s financial services including patient accounting and business operations.
From 2001 to 2009, Fritts served as GRMC’s controller. Fritts’ experience in healthcare finance includes St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, in addition to his experience at GRMC.In addition to his professional work, Fritts has served as adjunct faculty at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids; College of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill.; and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
David L. Ness is currently the vice-president of operations. He earned a degree in accounting and began his career as a hospital CFO. He later changed his focus to administration and received a credential of advanced studies in health services administration from the University of Minnesota. He served as CEO in two rural Iowa hospitals prior to joining the GRMC staff as assistant administrator in 1986.Ness is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is active in the Grinnell community. He serves on the board of directors of Imagine Grinnell, currently as the treasurer; and The Galaxy. He also sits on the Grinnell School Counseling Advisory Committee.
Doris Rindels, RN, oversees day-to-day operations for inpatient and outpatient areas. Doris has been providing healthcare services to Poweshiek County since 1977, first as a nurse in the Wiltfang-Paulson clinic. She joined GRMC full-time in 1990 as a nurse in the emergency department. Since then she has filled other roles, including nursing supervisor and director of nursing. In 2005, she became an assistant vice-president.Rindels earned a bachelor’s degree in management of healthcare services from Ottawa University in Overland Park, Kan., and a nursing diploma from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She volunteers with the Montezuma Fire and Ambulance, represents the hospital on the Poweshiek County EMS association, and serves as a member of the Iowa Organization for Nurse Leaders. Rindels also serves on the advisory boards for nursing programs at Iowa Valley Community College and Indian Hills Community College.