Kearny County Hospital Announces Search for CEO

Departing CEO and Board collaborate during this period of transition to ensure continuity, success for all

LAKIN, Kan. (December 19, 2023) — Kearny County Hospital (KCH) announces the departure of CEO Emily Dilley after three years of outstanding service, leadership and unwavering commitment to the hospital’s mission.

Dilley will remain at KCH through March 1, 2024, as she steps down from her position as CEO to tend to an urgent family health matter out of state.

“I am extremely proud of the incredible team we have built here at Kearny County Hospital and the remarkable work we have accomplished together,” CEO Emily Dilley said. “Over the past few months, it has become increasingly clear that my family needs me to be physically closer to help provide care and support during this trying time. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with such an amazing, talented, and dedicated group of individuals at KCH.”

Dilley remains committed to working with the Board and her successor to ensure a smooth transition for all. She intends to remain available for guidance and help throughout this transitional period and beyond to ensure continuity and success for everyone at KCH.

“I am immensely grateful for the support, dedication, and hard work of each member of our Board, Leadership, and team,” Dilley said. “I want to express my deep gratitude to all of you for your support and dedication throughout my time as your CEO. I do not doubt that Kearny County Hospital will continue to achieve great things in the future.”

With the search for a new CEO underway, the Board has initiated a comprehensive process to identify a qualified and experienced leader to fill this crucial role. The CEO is responsible for the day-to-day operations of KCH, which includes the Family Health Clinic and High Plains Retirement Village (Long Term Care and Assisted Living) and reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

The hospital is seeking applicants with a bachelor’s degree in business or health care administration, preferably those with a master’s degree or higher in hospital administration, business administration or another related field. Qualified candidates must have at least five years of executive healthcare leadership experience, with progressive experience in the healthcare field or Critical Access Hospital leadership preferred.

The Board invites applications from qualified candidates interested in the CEO position at Kearny County Hospital. KCH remains dedicated to its mission of providing exceptional healthcare, and the Board of directors is confident in the organization’s continued success under new leadership.

Interested individuals can find more information about the application process on the hospital’s website,

About Kearny County Hospital:

Kearny County Hospital is committed to providing quality, compassionate healthcare services for our community to enrich the lives of family, friends, and neighbors. The hospital was founded in 1952 and is owned and operated by the Kearny County government to provide inpatient and outpatient hospital care, emergency medical treatment, and primary care. High Plains Retirement Village, the Kearny County Home for the Aged, was founded in 1983 to provide a nursing facility, senior housing, and long-term care services. In 1990, Kearny County Hospital began operation of the Family Health Center, which provides primary healthcare in Lakin. For more information, visit