Chief Executive Officer
Garen CarpenterChief Executive Officer
Garen has been with Van Buren County Hospital since 2020. A native of rural Iowa, Garen brings nearly 15 years of experience to his role as chief executive officer. His experience includes both rural and urban health care environments including emergency care, specialty care and family medicine. He previously served as the interim chief executive officer of VBCH from 2013 to 2014.
Much of his healthcare career was spent at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he served in a variety of roles, most notably as the Administrative Chief of Staff and Assistant Hospital Director. Regardless of role or setting, he is passionate about building strong culture, improving the patient experience, executing meaningful strategy and achieving results. In addition, he remains motivated by healthcare’s overarching goal of improving health and desire to advocate for the hospital, patients and their families in the fast-changing healthcare environment.
“I am truly blessed and honored to serve such a wonderful community. In doing so, I am surrounded by a compassionate and driven team that strives to provide excellent care, every time. Thank you to all of our patients and families for entrusting VBCH with your care and we look forward to serving you and so many others in the future.”
Emergency Dept Physician
William B. Felegi, DOEmergency Dept Physician
Dr. Felegi started at Van Buren County Hospital in March of 2018 as an Emergency Room provider, Emergency Room medical director and Ambulance Medical Director. Prior to coming to VBCH, Dr. Felegi was an attending Emergency Room physician and a former Chair & Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine in New Jersey. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine for 25 years and is board-certified. He has an extensive list of professional positions held as well as numerous publications and presentations. Please see attached CV.
Dr. Felegi continues to serve as an examiner at the American board of Emergency Medicine Oral certification examination in Chicago indicating his vast experience and knowledge Emergency Medicine. During his tenure at VBCH, has served as a physician champion for quality and process improvement. Most recently, has been appointed to the administrative team providing valuable physician input into operational and strategic decision-making.
Chief Financial Officer
Kara McEnteeChief Financial Officer
Kara McEntee joined Van Buren County Hospital in December 2005 as the accountant and in April 2007 was promoted to Chief Financial Officer.
Kara graduated from Van Buren Community High School and went on to receive her BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa. After graduation Kara worked in Chicago for several years before returning to Van Buren County.
Kara has attended the Medicare Boot Camp, HFMA training in Healthcare Financial Management and has extensive training in Excel and Access.
Kara loves spending time with her family, husband Chris and their three children, Lukas, Aidan & Lily. She also enjoys reading and shopping.
Chief Nursing Officer
Kasha KiteChief Nursing Officer
Kasha has worked at Van Buren County Hospital for 14 years. She started out in the business office as a transcriptionist. During her time in the office she also learned the billing and coding role, helping set up, at that time, 2006, a new Medicaid Billing format. Kasha has a passion for learning and teaching, which lead her to explore the nursing world.
Once accepted into the ADN program at Indian Hills Community College she transferred her job duties to the Med-Surg floor and worked as a nurse’s aide every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until schooling was completed. She then was able to work her way to a LPN, and then RN on the Med-Surg unit as well as working in Labor/Delivery/Postpartum, and the Emergency Department.
These roles helped prepare her for the next steps that life would give her, the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, and currently the Chief Nursing Officer.
When Kasha is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family. With four very active children many nights are spent at sporting events. In her downtime she likes to spend camping and boating with friends and family. She is an avid reader and a life-long learner.
Mindy CormierClinic Director
Mindy Cormier joined Van Buren County Hospital in March of 2009 as the Office Manager for Job Opportunities and Parents as Teachers. In 2010, Mindy had the opportunity to become the director at the daycare and spent three years in this role. Mindy had a desire to learn about the hospital and clinics and joined the business office as Project Manager. Mindy transitioned to the rural health clinics in 2018 where she worked as the Assistant Clinic Manager, and in 2019 was promoted to Clinic Director.
Mindy is a Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional (CRHCP) and enjoys working side by side with the providers, nurses, and receptionists to help serve our community. Mindy and her family moved from Kansas to Keosauqua in 2005 and are happy to call Van Buren County their home. In Mindy’s spare time she loves spending time her husband Chad and their two daughters Brooklynn and Annabelle. Mindy can be found helping Chad on the farm or watching her daughter’s activities.
Mindy is proud to be a part of the Simply Remarkable team at VBCH.
Med Surg Manager
Job Opportunities Manager
SLS Program Director
Health Information Manager
Chief Information Officer
Cardiopulmonary Services Manager
Assistant Clinic Manager
Leadership Team Support
Lead Optimization Specialist
From Our CEO
Van Buren County Hospital has a long tradition of offering personalized care with exceptional technology and highly-trained staff. Our affiliation with MercyOne brings an additional level of expertise to the care you receive.
I know you will experience, first-hand, our caring staff who share a passion for excellence, our outstanding physicians, and our proven quality care. I am grateful that you have chosen our team to care for you. We look forward to exceeding your expectations!
If at any time, you believe that we have “missed the mark” in any way, please contact a member of our team.
- Garen Carpenter