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HaysMed announces retirement of vice president


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

Hays Medical Center announced today that Dale Montgomery, vice president for support services, will retire effective June 30.

Montgomery began his career at HaysMed in 1966 at Hadley Hospital as a certified nursing aide in the in-patient rehabilitation department working evening and nights as he still was in high school. Later, he earned certification as a physical therapy technician.

In 1973, he moved to a purchasing agent position in the purchasing department and became department head in 1983. While in that position, he led the automation and centralization of all procurement for the medical center and eventually became director of materials management.

A year after Hadley Regional Medical Center and St. Anthony Hospital merged in 1991, Montgomery assumed the director duties for plant services, which included not only purchasing but maintenance, grounds, environmental services and dietary. In 1993, he joined the administrative team as vice president of support services, where he continues today.

"Dale has been a solid resource for us for many years," said Dr. John Jeter, president and CEO of HaysMed. "He has overseen all the major building projects at HaysMed. His expertise and contributions in all areas of the hospital will be sorely missed."

Montgomery will be spending his retirement with this wife, children and grandchildren, and traveling with friends. He also plans to continue working with a foundation he helped start 22 years ago; the Project Perfect World Foundation that delivers orthopedic and spine surgery to needy children in third-world countries.

In addition, he will continue to be active in the community, maintain his ties with the North Central Kansas Technical College board and assist with the Health Care Supply Chain of Kansas.