Parkview Wabash Hospital has named Debra Potempa as its new president. Potempa will succeed Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, who is planning to retire after more than 14 years at the hospital.
Potempa was most recently system chief nursing officer and vice president of hospital operations for Mercyhealth, which serves northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
“On behalf of the Parkview Wabash Hospital Board of Directors, I’d like to thank Marilyn for her dedicated leadership and service to the Wabash community. Beginning at Wabash County Hospital, she led the transition to Parkview, including the move to an entirely new hospital,” said Howard Halderman, chairman of PWB’s board of directors. “We are confident that Deb will continue to lead Parkview Wabash with a heart for our patients, and in the best interests of our caregivers. We are excited to welcome her to the leadership team.”
Prior to joining Mercyhealth, Potempa held leadership roles at Provena Health System in Illinois and The University of Chicago Hospitals.
“Deb’s experience in hospital operations, paired with her vast clinical nursing background, enable her to lead Parkview Wabash Hospital with a thorough understanding of patients’ and co-workers’ needs,” said Rick Henvey, president of healthcare operations at Parkview Health. “Under her leadership, this incredible team will surely continue to thrive in delivering on Parkview’s brand promise of excellent care for every person, every day.”
Potempa will begin her new role on April 18.