Community Memorial Healthcare Names New Chief Of Staff

Marysville, KS – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Haefele, MD, as Chief of Staff, effective January 1, 2017. His term will run through December 31, 2018. Shane Thoreson, MD, will serve as Vice-Chief of Staff. Both physicians practice at Community Physicians Clinic in Marysville.

John Haefele, MD

Chief of staff assists in coordinating the activities and concerns of the hospital administration, nursing, and patient care services with those of the medical staff; reports the needs and policies of the medical staff to the board of directors and the chief executive officer (CEO); presides and oversees medical staff meetings; and serves as a spokesperson for the medical staff in professional and public relations.

Dr. Haefele is a family practitioner with Community Physicians Clinic in Marysville and Wymore. He has practiced family medicine in the Marysville community since he joined the CMH Medical Staff in 2002.

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.