CCMH welcomes new CEO

The Cavalier County Memorial Hospital(CCMH) has found a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who will take over his position on January 4. 

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Posted on 1/2/16

By Melissa Anderson

Christopher Wyatt grew up in a farming community in Dexter, Missouri. After high school, he attended the University of Missouri and obtained his bachelor’s degree in nuclear medicine.

Wyatt started out his healthcare career working for several years with Tenet Healthcare. There he found that the best way to impact change and improve employee satisfaction was by becoming a good leader himself.

“It was then that I decided to go back to school and get my Master’s of Hospital Administration while continuing my employment,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt quickly began to take on more responsibilities and roles until he changed employers and began to work for Mary Washington Healthcare as the facility operations manager over a free standing emergency department, radiology, laboratory services, patient records,  registration, and billing and collections.

“It was during this time that I was able to work with my team to develop a new Employee recognition program,” Wyatt said,”by focusing on the employees first, we were able to improve their satisfaction along with patient satisfaction and revenue.”

Wyatt realized that many times, the administration of a facility forgets the importance of its employees and that without employee happiness, the organization cannot succeed.

Due to the great success of Wyatt’s facility, he was recruited by the Centers for Diagnostic Imaging to bring the same results to their Virginia Markets.

As their Regional Director of Operations and Business Development, Wyatt oversaw four centers throughout the state.

“I worked with a great team to grow our volumes enough to purchase and install $6 million in additional equipment while exceeding budget and continuing the focus on employee satisfaction,” Wyatt said.

It was during this last position that Wyatt felt the greatest passion for his work, but the job and success came at a price.  Due to the extremely high cost of living in D.C., Wyatt was forced to commut 35 miles each day.

Wyatt explained that while in many areas of the country 35 miles takes around 35 minutes or less, his average round trip commute was three plus hours a day.

“When I put in my daily 10+ hours a day at work then had the drive on top of it, I saw that the work-life balance was greatly skewed,” Wyatt explained.

After much discussion, Wyatt and his wife, Melissa,  agreed that they needed to get back to their roots and began searching for a community like that in which they grew up.

“This brought us to your wonderful community,” Wyatt said.

The Wyatts look forward to becoming active members in the community; whether it be through rooting for the Langdon High School Athletics or working with other organizations.

“In D.C., we enjoyed working with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis,” Wyatt said.

Melissa Wyatt is an Occupational Therapist, and currently the Wyatt’s have a  two year old son with another boy due in late January.

“I came from a more humble upbringing and wanted to offer my children some of the opportunities that I didn’t have as a child,” Wyatt said,” however, I loved my childhood and my mother taught me what it was like to succeed in the face of adversity.”

Wyatt grew up with a single mother who, shortly after his birth, returned to school recieving her Bachelor’s degree within five years while working full time, and raising a child.

“That showed me what real determination looks like,” Wyatt said.

When not at work, Wyatt enjoys home remodeling, wood working, skiing, boating, and most of all family time.

Wyatt looks forward to starting this next chapter in his career and believes his experience in putting employees needs as a top prioriety will help not only him but CCMH continue to succeed.

“I believe it would be arrogant of me to say what I hope to accomplish in this organization before speaking to those that drive the company on the front lines every day,” Wyatt said.

The employees are the ones that know the challenges and opportunities. Wyatt believes that an important aspect of his job will be to work with the staff of CCMH to bring those visions to life.

“All the while remembering the core of any company: Finance, patient satisfaction, and Employee satisfaction,” Wyatt conitnued,”You can’t have one without the other, and it’s very important to focus on the most valuable: the employees.”

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