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The Hays Daily News

Bill Overbey, former chief financial officer at Hays Medical Center, resigned a few months ago to find the next chapter in his life. After an extensive search across the country looking at larger medical centers and hospital systems, Overbey found an open door in his home community of Topeka.

He recently accepted the position of CEO at Kansas Rehab Hospital. KRH is 60-percent owned by HealthSouth, and 40-percent owned by Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Overbey will start his new duties approximately June 16.

Overbey said he would miss several things about Hays, most importantly his friends and acquaintances.

"The people. ... Life on the prairie has its challenges. We live a long ways from pro football and reliable airports, but there isn't one person in this community that wouldn't break his back to help you if help is needed," he said. "That's something you don't find everywhere else.

"Karen and I will always appreciate the impact Hays had on our kids. The support and commitment of teachers and parents within this school system is second to none. All three of our kids chose music instead of sports. They have been a part of a music dynasty in Hays, much like Smith Center or Hutchinson football. There is something extraordinarily special about this music program that brings the best out of every kid it touches. We have been blessed to have leaders like Elise Peterson and Johnny Matlock make a positive mark on our children that will last the rest of their lives. We won't soon forget the impact many, many teachers from O'Loughlin, Felten and Hays High had on all three kids."

When asked about his experience at HaysMed, Overbey said it was special to work for the growing hospital.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work at HaysMed for the past 13 years," he said. "Hays Medical Center is a class act, and the leadership -- including the board, administrative team, and department directors -- is what made the difference. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the team that helped to make a difference in the lives of people in our community and the region through the delivery of quality patient care. I will miss many friendships made at HaysMed."

Overbey participated in the community as a coach, Boy Scout leader, church trustee and a board member on the Downtown Hays Development Corp. His wife, Karen, worked as a dental hygienist for Dr. Bud Dalton and Dr. Troy Hallagin during her years in Hays.

She also taught fitness classes at the Center for Health Improvement all 13 years.

Their daughter, Kelsey, lives in Manhattan; daughter Kayla graduates this May from the University of Kansas with degrees in journalism and English, and son Nicholas will attend Kansas State University this fall to study finance and music.