Sep 19, 2023

New Clara Barton CEO: ‘I know this is where I want to be’

Posted Sep 19, 2023 6:00 PM
Jay Tusten became the new CEO at Clara Barton Medical Center.
Jay Tusten became the new CEO at Clara Barton Medical Center.

Great Bend Post

Growing up in Lawrence, Jay Tusten naturally attended the University of Kansas where he earned a Masters of Audiology, which was his beginning into the medical field.

Tusten would eventually work his way into healthcare administration with a couple of stops out of Kansas, but most recently spent more than a decade in Johnson and Ulysses, Kansas as a hospital CEO. Looking to get closer to family, Tusten found out about the open CEO position at Clara Barton Medical Center in Hoisington.

"I had been looking for a good opportunity to get closer to family in Denver or family in Lawrence," said Tusten. "I have some older family in Lawrence, so maybe a little more need to be closer there. When the opportunity came up, Clara Barton was close to the Interstate I-70 corridor. It's great. Great place."

One of Tusten’s four daughters had a procedure at Clara Barton while his family was living in Pratt, so he’s been aware of the hospital for a while but a lot of changes have taken place since.

"I was really impressed when I first toured Clara Barton," said Tusten. "I knew that's where I wanted to be. Everybody was fantastic to talk to. I could tell the culture was good. The growth the place has experienced has been fantastic. That just doesn't happen by accident. I knew that's what I wanted to be a part of."

Tusten replaces Jim Blackwell as CEO after Blackwell resigned this past May to accept a consulting position with Great Plains Health Alliance.