Ron Snyder, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital President, to Retire in September

Written by on August 23, 2021

Ron Snyder, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital’s President will be retiring from his position at the end of September.

Ron has been committed to Hardin Memorial for 40 years serving as chief financial officer for 34 years and the last six as president.

Ron stated, “During my time at OhioHealth, I have been beyond blessed to have a wonderful team around me. Hardin Memorial Hospital and the community we serve will always have a very special place in my heart. We have done great work, and I couldn’t be prouder of where we are.”

During his time with OhioHealth, Ron helped lead the hospital into full membership (1992) with the OhioHealth system and campaigned for and successfully passed a county-wide five-year property tax levy for the purpose of capital improvements. Ron stated, “It was a challenging time and hard decisions had to be made, but with the board’s vision and the tremendous community support we overcame many of the challenges rural hospitals faced at that time. Because of those decisions our hospital and community is in a great position for the future.”

Over the past sixteen years, Ron has provided general oversight for several modernization and renovation projects investing $33 million in capital improvements without incurring any debt. The most recent projects include the renovation of the emergency department and the opening of a new $2 million infusion services location allowing oncology patients to receive care close to home.

As the chief financial officer, Ron was instrumental in navigating the hospital through various governmental healthcare reforms including the Balanced Budget Act and HIPAA as well as assisting with obtaining critical access hospital status in 2002. Under his guidance, Hardin Memorial Hospital was also nationally recognized as a top financial performing critical access hospital in 2011.

Ron has helped position Hardin Memorial Hospital for success in the future and strived to keep care local by recruiting specialists and supporting our local family practices who care for our community.

John Schwemer, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, stated “Ron has always led with his heart and with his head in making decisions that were not only good for Hardin Memorial Hospital and OhioHealth, but also for the greater good of the community. Ron has been instrumental in connecting Hardin Memorial with the OhioHealth system to improve access by bringing providers and new services to patients right here in Hardin County. Ron’s personality, as well as his expertise in working with local agencies, finances, Hardin Memorial associates, specialists, family practice providers, and others in the community will be greatly missed and we wish him the best in his retirement.”

As Ron plans for his retirement at the end of September, Joy Bischoff, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Hardin Memorial Hospital and Marion General Hospital will transition additionally into the president role at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

Ron added, “Knowing Joy will be taking on the role of president has made my decision easier. She has been a part of our team for many years and is deeply rooted in our community. I am confident she will lead the team to support our strategic goals of keeping care local, growing services already established, bringing in new services and providers and most importantly, to improve the health of those we serve.”


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