July 18th, 2002

Two new department directors have joined Great River Medical Center’s management team.

Medical/Surgical Unit Director Susan Pankey had been director of the Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care and Stepdown units at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She also held a variety of nursing leadership positions at Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua, Iowa.

She graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Iowa Wesleyan College. She is a member of the Iowa Organization of Nursing Leaders. Pankey lives in Bonaparte, Iowa.

Randy Gearhart is the new Director of Spiritual Care (formerly Pastoral Care). He had been the critical care chaplain at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Ore., for 10 years. Before that, he served as a parish minister in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Gearhart earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Walla Walla (Wash.) College, and a Master of Divinity degree at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. He completed Clinical Pastoral Education and is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. He lives in Burlington.