New President Named at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital

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A new president is taking over at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, which brings him back to his roots in southeastern Ohio.

Mark Seckinger was been named president of the hospital, where he will begin on April 26, according to a press release from OhioHealth.

“I was born at the Sheltering Arms Hospital,” Seckinger said, referring to the hospital that existed before OhioHealth O’Bleness. “I grew up in Nelsonville and graduated from Ohio University so it is an honor to be named president of O’Bleness Hospital and to be able to make a difference in the community where I spent the majority of my life.”

Seckinger is currently president of OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton. Prior to taking that position in 2001, he served as senior operations officer at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus from 1998 to 2001 and before that, as president, CEO and Nursing Home administrator of Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville (before it was owned by OhioHealth) from 1983 to 1998.

“Mark’s experience as a hospital administrator and his roots in the community combined with his ability to connect with people make him an ideal candidate for this position,” said Cheryl Herbert, senior vice president, OhioHealth Regional Operations.

LaMar Wyse, current interim president at O’Bleness Hospital will remain onboard at the hospital for Seckinger’s first 90 days to ensure a smooth leadership transition and to keep the current momentum around operations and culture moving forward.

“LaMar has provided great leadership for our care sites in Athens and Nelsonville over the past five years,” added Herbert. “He’s been with OhioHealth since 1985 and officially retired in 2009 but graciously returned when we needed him. He has provided his leadership expertise as well as shared his knowledge of our system, processes and culture and we are grateful to him for that.”

Once the 90 day transition period at O’Bleness is complete, Wyse will go to Hardin to provide similar support to Snyder and the Hardin leadership team. Wyse previously served as president of Hardin so he understands the community and has positive relationships with Hardin associates, physicians and community members.

“OhioHealth is blessed with an abundance of talented people who are committed to our mission,” said Herbert. “I am pleased that we are able to make these new appointments from within OhioHealth in a way that matches the right expertise with the right role.”

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital.