Douglas County Health Center hires first-ever Chief Operating Officer

January 23, 2018

A Holdrege, Nebraska native with more than 20 years of experience as a government relation and management professional is the first-ever chief operating officer of the Douglas County Health Center.

Todd Stubbendieck, who has a track record of successfully developing and executing strategic plans, serving as a senior level advisor and leading teams in high-pressure environments, joined the Health Center administrative staff in early January.

Stubbendieck most recently worked as the deputy assistant administrator for legislative affairs (acting) at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he led all legislative strategy and Capitol Hill engagement for USAID.

He has also worked for U.S Senator Tim Johnson for 13 years and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey for six years.

Stubbendieck offers a management and leadership skill set that will be a tremendous asset to the Health Center, said Jean Hartnett, Administrator of Douglas County Health Center.

“I don’t have a background in healthcare, but that’s not what is needed in this position,” Stubbendieck said. “We have an entire building full of healthcare experts…I am someone who knows how to manage and lead teams, how to help fix problems and bring about changes. That is my history and what I’ve done for many years now.”

Hartnett said with the size of Douglas County Health Center having 253 beds and being the largest provider of senior services in the state, adding a COO was the right decision.

“All of the people on the executive team are subject matter experts in their positions,” she said. “What we needed was an overall management strategist and operations expert to facilitate further growth. We are already great, but he is going to make us even better.”

Stubbendieck received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in 1992 and a master’s degree in Government and International Studies from the University of South Carolina in 1994. He is married with two sons and enjoys sports and outdoor activities such as fishing.

“What attracted me to this position was the opportunity to work for a great organization doing work that I am incredibly proud of,” he said. “You don’t have to be around here very long to realize we have an incredible staff who love their jobs and love the residents.”

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