Come January, the medical staff at The Memorial Hospital in Craig will have a new delegate and spokesman to represent their opinions to administrators.
Earlier this month, the TMH medical staff pegged Dr. Allan Reishus -- a seasoned doctor with 31 years of experience -- to become the next chief of staff. Reishus, a former family practitioner and now emergency room physician, was introduced as the incoming chief of staff Wednesday night to the hospital board of trustees.
He will replace anesthesiologist Tammy Rice in January.
Reishus, whose career at TMH is in its fourth decade, has been the chief of staff three times. His most recent stint was about 10 years ago, he said.
"I guess I get it once every decade," Reishus said.
The chief of staff oversees patient care and serves as a buffer between the hospital's health care professionals, the administration and the board of trustees.
He said his primary goals would be to help with physician recruitment and be a vocal proponent for the hospital's bid to build a new facility. The hospital is planning for a new building on 15 acres of land west of Shadow Mountain Village.
"My first priority now is to augment the medical staff with several more positions," he said. "I'll certainly be a spokesman for the medical staff so that the new hospital is the best we can make it."
Reishus also praised the work of colleague Rice, who assumed the chief of staff position from Dr. Michael Crane during a turbulent time at TMH four months ago.
"She's been a stabilizing force and a good spokesperson for the medical doctors," Reishus said.
On Wednesday night, Rice received adulation from the board members for her interim service. She told the board, "I wish them well, the next administration."
The medical staff also elected two officers to round out its medical executive committee.
Dr. Lyman Brothers, a urologist who's been at TMH since 1998 and practices in Steamboat Springs, will take over as vice chief of staff. Brothers will replace Dr. Jon Ossen.
Dr. Catherine Crowe, a doctor of osteopathic medicine who has practiced at TMH since 1981, will take over as secretary.
The three new medical officers bring more than 60 years of combined medical expertise to TMH.