SGCMH CEO Completes Certification Program


Ste. Genevieve, MO – Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital’s (SGCMH) CEO, Dr. Steve Pautler has completed the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Hospital CEO Certification Program.  Individuals with this certification will immediately be recognized as someone qualified to lead a rural hospital with excellence. The program started in March 2021. 

Dr. Pautler understands how leadership makes the difference. He attended the program with a number of CEO-certified participants from rural hospitals all over the United States.   NRHA extends their congratulations to the group and Dr. Pautler was honored to participate. 

“Every rural community faces special challenges these days, and hospital CEOs have an obligation to look to the best sources to prepare,” stated Dr. Pautler.  “NRHA gathered some outstanding experts in finance, government regulations, clinical quality and organizational leadership to help us learn during the program and keep these connections moving forward.”

The NRHA’s Rural Hospital CEO Certification Program was developed by successful rural hospital CEOs to help current rural hospital CEOs strengthen their leadership skills and lead their hospital to success. 

“This certification program is an important part of my commitment to lifelong learning to best serve those who depend on SGCMH as patients as well as helping secure our organization’s future during these challenging times,” commented Dr. Pautler

Today’s rural hospitals and clinics face tremendous challenges and uncertainty and are closing at an unprecedented rate. One in every three rural hospitals have been identified as “at risk,” and nearly half of rural hospital CEOs are first-time CEOs. Hospital CEO turnover continues to lead all industries, and when turnover occurs, the pool of qualified candidates is limited.

“SGCMH has lived up to its commitment to care for our friends, neighbors and families for over 50 years,” stated Dr. Pautler, “and constant learning is part of keeping that promise now.”

NRHA’s Rural Health Leadership Education Foundation exists to fund programs that nurture current and future leaders.

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit county owned community hospital that works to continue to improve the health and well-being of the community. Our professional staff uses advanced technology and medicine to provide excellent, personalized, and compassionate healthcare. For more information on Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, visit

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