On Jan. 5, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) will bid farewell to current president and CEO Gerald (Jerry) Worrick, who retires after 31 years of service to the Door County and northeast Wisconsin community. DCMC Chief Administrative Officer Brian Stephens has been with DCMC for 13 years and will assume the role of CEO in the new year.
Worrick joined the hospital in 1987 – when it was Door County Memorial – as interim CEO, leaving a position at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
Recognized earlier this year as one of the top rural-hospital executives in America by Becker’s Healthcare, Worrick used his position to improve patients’ overall experience and to develop a culture of caring at DCMC that has been nationally recognized many times. A crowning achievement in patient care was building the Cancer Center, which affords state-of-the-art cancer treatment without having to leave the peninsula.
As Worrick enjoys his remaining days at DCMC, he takes pride in knowing that the medical center will continue to thrive under Stephens’ leadership.
“I come from the vintage of hospital CEOs who were builders. Now the CEO of the future is getting into health outside the walls of the hospital,” said Worrick. “The campus is built, and the various services are in place. Now you can go out into the community and really focus on things like health and wellness.”