Jim Reber, retired President and CEO St. Rita’s Health Partners, was named St. Rita’s Mercy Club Award winner Tuesday evening at the annual Mercy Club Reception.
This is the 33rd year for the award, which recognizes service to the community. With Reber as CEO and President, St. Rita’s became the largest employer in Allen County, providing many individuals with an opportunity for employment and advancement.
He led the expansion of St. Rita’s Emergent Services into Urgent Care Satellite Centers that provide health care services in Lima and outlying rural communities, such as the Putnam County Ambulatory Center, Delphos Ambulatory Care Center, and St. Rita’s Westside and Eastside Urgent Care Centers.
Under Reber’s leadership, St. Rita’s experienced successful collaborations with WCORHA – a five-hospital alliance that recently passed its 15th anniversary.
Joint Ventures with Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Center and Kidney Services.
St. Rita’s actively identifies unmet community needs and assists area non-profits in meeting those needs. Reber’s goal was always to be a Top Corporate Citizen in the region.
While Reber served as St. Rita’s top executive, the medical center accrued major recognitions including:
• Health Grades Five Star award for Cardiology and Orthopedics;
• JD Power Patient Satisfaction Award;
• Top 100 Hospital Award 2 times;
• US Department of Health and human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation Program Excellence 7 times;
• America Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” Award;
• Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award; and
•Successful/Positive JCAHO accreditations
Reber’s accomplishments in the area of growth and clinical innovation include:
• Implementation of Open Heart Surgery and Cardiac Intervention programs;
• Level II Nursery and Level II Trauma Center;
• Market share growth from 40 percent to 60 percent;
• Medical Staff grew from 90 to 300; and
• Revenues grew from $70 million to over $425 million.
For the first time, St. Rita’s reported the value of community benefit dollars spent locally starting in 1996 with $11.7 million, which grew to $42.7 million for the year ending 2011. Total cumulative community benefits for Reber’s tenure amounts to $429,196,291.00.
Construction during Reber’s service as CEO includes Medical Center of The future, New Century Project, Medical Office buildings (1-4), Parking Garage, Cancer Center Expansion, Putnam County ACC, Delphos ACC, LACP Building, ED and Surgery Expansions and numerous smaller projects.
These projects equal $289 million. Based on the equation that 24 jobs are created from each $1 million of construction (10 direct construction and 14 indirect); construction numbers would be 2,860 direct construction jobs and 6,864 total jobs to the local economy during Jim’s time at St. Rita’s.
Reber has been a leader in providing community service having been Board Chair of the Lima Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and on the boards of the Lima Business Progress committee, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Bank One and YMCA. He also served as chairman of four Shawnee School levies.