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Memorial Hospital East gets new administrator after previous leader retires

Retired in January, Ruth Holmes, R.N., is the former Memorial Hospital East administrator at 1404 Cross St. in Shiloh.
Retired in January, Ruth Holmes, R.N., is the former Memorial Hospital East administrator at 1404 Cross St. in Shiloh. dholtmann@bnd.com

Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh is getting a new leader.

After 41 years in the healthcare industry, Ruth Holmes, who formerly worked as administrator at the Shiloh hospital, retired in January. Her successor Jeff Dossett will start his new position on March 5.

"Ruth retired in early January; she had been planning it since last July," Anne Thomure, Memorial spokeswoman, said.

It was nearly six years ago that Holmes was named administrator of Memorial's new Shiloh satellite hospital. She became administrator prior to the hospital being constructed at 1404 Cross St., a mile from Interstate 64.

Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier said Holmes was "steadfast" with getting the new hospital up and running.

"She saw it through from beginning to end and then-some, and I know she enjoyed it, but hopefully now she gets to relax," Vernier said.

Holmes oversaw the three-year construction and development of the $124 million hospital that opened in April 2016.

According to Vernier, he was aware that Holmes was waiting for the "excitement of the new hospital to settle down" before officially throwing in the hat to join her husband for retirement.

"I wish her well, she was a great person, and I was glad to have gotten to know her so well over these last years," Vernier said.

Holmes began her career at Memorial in 1976 as an Intensive Care Unit staff nurse and by 2000 was the director of cardiopulmonary and diagnostic imaging services; and, vice president of diagnostic services in 2005.

Thomure said Dossett had the responsibility of operating the Siteman Cancer Center at Christian Hospital in St. Louis.

Shiloh's Memorial Hospital East is close to building its own Siteman Cancer Center too, which Vernier said, Dossett's experience could prove useful.

"I've heard great things about him, and can't wait to meet him next month," Vernier said.

The village and the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is hosting an invitation-only gathering at Memorial East on March 8 to welcome Dossett.

Dossett hails from North St. Louis County's Christian Hospital, also in the BJC HealthCare system, where he was director of dialysis imaging, radiation oncology and service excellence.

Holding an International Association for Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, Dossett also served as performance improvement and service line development engineer, as well as performance improvement business process consultant for information systems at BJC HealthCare.

In October 2017, the North County Incorporated Regional Development Association recognized 30 rising professionals with its 2017 NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in Their Thirties Leadership Award, which Dossett was honored.

He resides in Maryville with his wife, Michelle, son James, and daughter Alice. The couple plan to welcome their third child in July.

Sue Gruenke, Holmes' administrative assistant, also retired effective the beginning of the new year.

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