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8/20/2013 5:12:00 PM
New admin learning quickly
Connie Agenbroad. Photo by Erik Pague.
Connie Agenbroad. Photo by Erik Pague.
Erik Pague

After more than a month in her position, new Othello Community Hospital administrator Connie Agenbroad said she's getting comfortable with her new responsibilities. Since starting at OCH in 1995 as the medical records director and also taking on the role of compliance officer in 2001, Agenbroad worked closely with former administrator Harry Geller, who left in June. She picked up plenty of experience from Geller that she's applying to her work now.
"I think I'm really starting to grasp some things," she said. "I'd always been working really closely with Harry when he was here and (he helped with) guiding me through the board, the agenda and what to put on it and how to prepare things for that.
In her role as administrator, Agenbroad works closely with her staff and the hospital board members to oversee the day-to-day operations of the hospital. She said everyone has been very supportive as she gets used to her new position and commended the hospital staff for doing just as good a job under her as they did under Geller.
"I've worked with them forever," she said. "We have a great bunch of people here. For me, I think our staff is one of the best in the state."
As the administrator, Agenbroad has to look at issues from all angles to hopefully make the best decisions. She listens to all their concerns, reports various issues to the hospital board and works to make sure the community is as much a member of the hospital as its employees.
Besides connecting the hospital, the board and the community, she helps out with odd jobs at the hospital when her coworkers are overwhelmed.
"When we get slammed ... so what if we have to go empty garbage cans, clean up a mess on the floor or get the staff something to eat," she said.
While Agenbroad is technically the interim administrator, the board has her employed through the end of the year and hasn't listed an opening for her position as of yet, which is OK with Agenbroad since she's happy in her new role and hopes to stay there for some time.
"The board has been very supportive and very encouraging," Agenbroad said.
In the meantime before the board decides what to do, Agenbroad wants to focus on building the hospital's relationship with Columbia Basin Health Association and also do more to promote the positive things OCH does within the community.
"I think we do a lot of good things in the hospital and I don't think it's out there in the community as much as it needs to be," she said. "I think we have an excellent working relationship with CBHA. They have some fantastic doctors and beautiful facilities."
She mentioned all the awards received by the two organizations and said she would like to promote the ways they work together to improve patient care.
"It takes all of us to do that," she said.
Her plan is to meet with CBHA marketing staff to create some materials highlighting the benefits of having two top health care facilities in town.
"We have a great health care system here," she said. "It's just getting that out there in a positive manner."

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