Administrators See Challenges, Opportunities Ahead For Prmc

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There are a couple of new faces in the leadership ranks at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Peter Finelli and Eunice Rech recently joined the administration as chief financial officer and director of nursing respectively.

Finelli was with one of PRMC's sister hospitals, Mimbres Memorial in Deming, N.M., before coming to Payson at the beginning of September. He served as Mimbres' CFO for a little less than three years, while his family lived in Phoenix.

Explaining the move from Deming to Payson, Finelli said, "Dave Nosaka -- my predecessor here -- and I hung out together at conferences. He had an opportunity in Austin and knew my situation. It happened quickly."

Finelli has not yet had much of a chance to get to know the community, but he said, "It's a new environment, one I very much like. And it gets me closer to home. It's only a 90-minute drive instead of five hours. I have a 10-year-old daughter and now I can do more stuff with her during the week."

While he has not been with PRMC's parent corporation long, Finelli said he has an extensive background in the financial operation of health-care facilities.

The challenges he sees for PRMC are not any different than those other hospitals are facing. He said the labor force is scarce, and what is out there is expensive.

Rech joined the hospital's administration team in July.

Originally from the Midwest, she has 30 years in nursing, with about 20 of those in nurse management and administration. She has most recently worked in California and Phoenix.

"I met the management team and liked it, and I liked the style of the corporation," Rech said. "I like Arizona and I like the community a lot."

She sees challenges in obtaining continuing education for her nurses and access to professional staff for care.

"Arizona is in the top three states where the population is out-pacing the available nurses," she said.

She agrees with Finelli about the opportunity presented by working with the community college to strengthen its practical nurse program and helping it become a feeder for a registered nurse program.

Both Finelli and Rech said they are excited about the changes coming to PRMC, including enhancements for the surgical, imaging and women's services.

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