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Hettinger hospital gains new leader as CEO retires after 33 years

HETTINGER--Matthew Shahan worked at West River Health Services in the IT department before deciding he wanted to jump into administrative work. After working at the Glendive Medical Center in Montana as a clinic administrator since March 2014, he...

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Matthew Shahan

HETTINGER-Matthew Shahan worked at West River Health Services in the IT department before deciding he wanted to jump into administrative work.

After working at the Glendive Medical Center in Montana as a clinic administrator since March 2014, he moved back to Hettinger to assume the role as West River's CEO on April 4.

Jim Long, who was the hospital's CEO for 33 years, had been mentoring him as a consultant until Thursday when he finally hung his hat up and stepped into retirement.

"I've enjoyed my 33 years here," Long said. "I've seen a heck of a lot of change and expect more in the future."

Shahan said one of the things he would like to see an improvement on is mental health programs in rural communities.

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"I certainly think we have to look at bettering the mental health of the rural communities," he said.

Shahan said he and his wife have always been keeping an eye out to return to Hettinger since it's a community they want to raise their children in.

"Hettinger really is a progressive and forward-looking community," he said.

Shahan said having Long there has "certainly been helpful" to ease him into the transition.

Long said this is now his time to enjoy retirement and life while he can.

He said that Shahan is a "bright young man" who has a "great attitude."

Long said this summer he plans to spend time at his lake house before spending time with his daughters in Houston and Ohio.

"I'm playing it by ear," he said.

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