By Barry Dalton
Noble Health executives visited Vandalia on the evening of March 3 at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia. After the meeting, attendees expressed appreciation for the good humor and straight talk they heard from Tom Carter, president of Noble Health; Drew Solomon, president of Noble Health Real Estate; Amy O’Brien, incoming CEO of Audrain Hospital; and Don Peterson, executive chairman of the board.
Noble will officially become the new owner of the Audrain Hospital on March 16. The executives told Vandalians that it is committed to providing the community’s healthcare needs by contracting with local doctors and recruiting new physicians. It also owns the hospital in Fulton.
The executives also did not rule out opening a regional clinic in Vandalia, if there is demand for it in the community, but said it was too early to make a commitment without further study. Solomon said he will return to Vandalia soon to inspect the facility it owns on Washington Street.
Three of the four executives have previous ties or roots in Missouri.
Raised on a working family farm, Carter worked for Sen. Roy Blunt for 26 years; was instrumental in the election of Gov. Matt Blunt; and served on the advance team for President George W. Bush in Missouri for eight years. He has 20 years of experience in the field of healthcare. He is one of three co-founders of Noble Health.
Solomon, also listed as a co-founder, grew up in rural Missouri and holds a graduate degree from MU. Solomon previously held an executive role in economic development in Kansas City and has also been a multiyear consultant to the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.
A former collegiate basketball player, O’Brien was vice president of physician practices at Great River Health Systems in Burlington, Iowa. She previously served as administrative director for the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho. She holds a master’s in higher education administration from the University of Central Missouri.
Carter introduced Peterson as Noble Healthcare’s visionary leader. An Entrepreneur of the Year recipient, Peterson is also a co-founder of Noble Health. He has a proven track record as an innovator in technology. He began at Advanced Micro Devices, where he ran a large sales organization on the west coast. He left to form his own startup company, DeskStation Technology, maker of the world’s fastest 3D graphics rendering system for its time.
Next, Peterson developed a secure messaging technology for biometric security and was awarded two patents. In 2007, he created a clinical decision support system for the interpretation of echocardiograms, and, in 2012, he founded what is now called IVX Health, a network of free-standing, non-hospital based infusion clinics for intravenous drug therapy.
All four executives said they are committed to staying connected to the communities they serve and listening to the needs and concerns of patients and their families.