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December 11, 2009

Face of Parker County Business: Donnie Romine CEO, Weatherford Regional Medical Center

Marsha Brown





Q: What is your job description?

Romine: I guess that like the CEO of any other corporation, I have to be the strategic leader of the hospital and to make sure the hospital is providing the services and the care it is supposed to provide. That we are growing as a company and always looking out for our customer, of course that is the patients that we are here to serve. Being a good corporate citizen in community and that we are supporting the community, and providing the citizens of Weatherford and Parker County with quality services that they need so they don‘t have to travel out of town.



Q: What is the biggest challenge about your job?

Romine: We have a community that has grown rapidly for several years, and even though we have an economic downturn, it is still growing. There’s so many needs out there, you can’t develop programs or recruit doctors to meet all those needs immediately. It does take a little bit of time. The challenge is identifying what the biggest needs are and knowing that it will take several years to get all the things in place that we want to get in place.

For example, when we bought the hospital we knew we needed a much bigger emergency department and so we built that, and we know we need private rooms and are in the process of that. We know that we need a cardiac program and cath lab and we are in the process of developing that. Even to the point of when you look at physicians, one of the things we identified when we got here was that there was not a full-time ENT physician in town. So there were specialties that were not represented in town, at least not with physicians that were physically here.

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