BREMEN — The community is invited to express their kind words and best wishes to a man who has been known as the figurehead at Community Hospital of Bremen for 23 years.
Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. a reception will be held at the hospital café for former president and CEO Scott Graybill. At 6 p.m. a program and recognition will be held in his honor.
Graybill served in and beyond his community through other medical avenues as well. He was on the Indiana Hospital Association Board twice and chaired the organization’s Council on Rural Health. He was also the Indiana Hospital Association Board’s president of the Northern Indiana District and served as an alternate on the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board. Locally, he’s been on the Bremen Chamber of Commerce Board as well as the Marshall County United Way Board.
Graybill replaced Jerry Bozek and he has been replaced by Lynn Horner. “I was excited about Lynn joining the team,” he said of his successor at CHoB. “I think she’s going to do a really good job, she’s a seasoned administrator. “
He said he was “ready to go” but that there were a few things he would’ve liked to have seen carried completely through.
“One thing that’s in the works I didn’t get to see to the end was the changing over (from paper files) to the electronic medical health records system,” Graybill said. “The hospital is also having an expansion. They’re adding on to accommodate the new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment. That’s already well under construction.”
Graybill said what he has been most proud of being involved in was when the new federal critical access program began giving benefits for rural hospitals. “We were the first in Indiana to enter that program (in 1999) and since that time 34 others have joined the program,” he explained, “so I’m sort of proud we led the way on that. I’m also obviously pleased with the community coming together to build the new hospital (in 2006) and I’m sure it will serve the community well for many years to come. But also, one of the things I’m most proud of as a member of the hospital team is the quality of care we delivered to our patients. The hospital is joint commission accredited and that’s the gold standard for hospital quality.”
In a letter distributed throughout the hospital prior to his parting, Graybill said he was confident the “excellent staff and medical staff” in place would serve the needs of the community. He added that it had been his pleasure to serve the hospital, its staff, patients and the community as president and CEO of the hospital.
“I still see myself doing things in the community, being involved,” Graybill explained, “but just at a different pace. I want to retire and get away a little bit but I still plan to volunteer. I’m one of the co-chairs of the Marshall County United Way.” He said he will use some of the extra time on his hands to spend more time with his wife of 36 years, Joyce; their children, daughter Lauren (Tim), a schoolteacher, and son Spencer (a senior at Purdue University); grandchildren (two — Lauren’s) and his parents and mother-in-law. “I have some hobbies and I plan to go to Phoenix and then with a disaster service team from my church to do some cleanup work in Alabama caused by the tornado,” he said. “I have projects around the house to get to and I could use a little more practice at golf.”
Cards, notes, or email well wishes may be sent to Community Hospital of Bremen, Attn: Debbie O’Keefe, P.O. Box# 8, Bremen, IN 46506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org  before Oct. 20. In lieu of gifts, Graybill has requested honorary contributions be made to the Community Hospital of Bremen Foundation.