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Senior Leadership

Paul Edwards – President & Chief Executive Officer

Paul joined TCHS as the President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2020. Paul brings 35 years of healthcare experience to the job and has experience in performance improvement as well as providing additional support in new business development and physician recruitment. He has in-depth experience in coordinating strategic initiatives, with a focus around Patient Experience and Employee Engagement. Paul served as a medic and paratrooper in the US Army. He holds a Master’s in Healthcare Ethics from Creighton University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Doane University.


Jamie Koch – Chief Nursing Officer

Since 2015, Jamie oversees the hospital nursing department as Chief Nursing Officer. Jamie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Midland Lutheran College in 2002 and began her nursing career at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE working in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Jamie also worked at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE in the Adult Critical Care Unit. Jamie also has experience in outpatient endoscopy and outpatient surgery. Jamie began her career at TCHS as a night shift nurse in the hospital nursing department in 2007 and learned many new things in the Emergency Room and Labor and Delivery Rooms.

Aaron Teachout – Chief Financial Officer

Aaron joined the TCHS team as CFO in April 2020. Aaron brings with him more than 5 years of direct critical access hospital leadership and over 10 years of overall experience in Finance. Aaron received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics- Actuarial Science from Oakland University and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to Thayer County Health Services, Aaron has worked in various healthcare facilities in Michigan, Alaska, and Nevada. He enjoys helping others embrace the exciting fields of Math and Finance.



Shawn Petras – Vice President of Clinic Services

Shawn joined TCHS as the Vice President of Clinic Services in 2017. Shawn has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and prior to joining TCHS worked for CareATC as Manager of Clinical Services. He has worked in rural healthcare, managed a Urology clinic and began his healthcare journey with CIGNA. Shawn has a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Evangel University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at Missouri State University. Shawn is also certified in LEAN Six Sigma.



Board of Directors

Loren Wiedel- Board Chair
Karen Dahlkoetter-  Board Vice Chair
Laura Tuma- Board Treasurer
Elisabeth Heitmann- Board Secretary
Connie Lichty- Board Member At Large