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Norton County Hospital CEO Resigns

NORTON, Kan. – Norton County Hospital’s Board of Trustees have accepted the resignation of the hospital’s chief executive officer, Gina Frack. Her last day will be Oct. 8, 2021.

Frack joined the hospital as Chief Operations Officer in 2015, became interim CEO in the summer of 2017 and was named to the CEO position in December 2017.

The Norton County Hospital Board of Trustees would like to thank Gina Frack for her years of service and dedication to improve health care services for residents of Norton County and the surrounding area. The board wishes her well in her future endeavors. The process of securing an interim and permanent CEO has been initiated.

“A huge thanks to the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to lead this amazing organization,” Frack said. “Thanks to all the staff past and present who I have had the honor to work alongside. My heart is heavy to leave, especially when we have so many things on the upswing, but that is also a reason I can walk away. I have faith that the staff of the hospital and clinic under the leadership of a new CEO will take this organization to a whole other level.”

Frack said a workplace culture with a healthy work and home life balance is important, and she tries to model this balance as she moves on to new things.

“The quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower, ‘What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important,’ is on my desk,” she said. “I am leaving NCH as the CEO to live by these wise words and take the opportunity to become the farm manager of the farm and ranch my parents built over their more than 60 years of marriage. I will be able to oversee their health care needs as well.”

Frack said she and her husband, Russ, will remain living in Norton, and she plans to commute as needed to work on her family farm and ranch.

“We have lived here since 1995 and raised both of our children in this great community and school system, so there is nowhere else we want to be,” she said. “Moving forward, my challenge to the community is to support health care in Norton County. Survival of rural places hinges on the three-legged stool of a diverse economy, education and health care. Even without the title of CEO, I will remain vocal in supporting a thriving Norton County and region.

More updates will continue to be provided as they become available.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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.

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