Shenandoah Medical Center CEO Receives IHA Young Executive Achievement Award

Matt Sells was named the recipient of the Iowa Hospital Association’s Young Executive Achievement Award. Mr. Sells, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Shenandoah Medical Center, accepted the award at the Chair’s Reception of the Iowa Hospital Association’s Annual meeting held October 8th in Des Moines. Established as a memorial to James B. Seaman II, a former IHA Vice President who was killed in an aircraft accident, the Young Executive Achievement Award was created to recognize up-and-coming health care executives, age 40 or younger, who have made a significant contribution to health care in the state of Iowa. The Selection Committee reviews appropriate documentation for all nominees and base their decision upon supporting letters detailing specific achievements.

Sells was described by a Hospital Board member as an excellent leader and highly respected by his staff. This has been achieved by supporting staff members closely also while enabling them to work independently, leading to high morale. Matt always makes time for both staff and patients, alike. He sets high standards for the team in order to achieve the culture and patient experience that is expected.

Gregg Connell, Executive Vice President of the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association, commented, “Great leaders develop their own personal style of leadership. Matt’s leadership style is a combination of being a great listener, a compassionate human being, a solid decision maker and a person with great vision. This leadership style has served Matt well as he has greatly expanded not only the physical structure of Shenandoah Medical Center, but also the medical services for the people of this area.


This award is presented each year to an Iowa hospital or health system executive who has demonstrated notable achievement in administration of the organization, and who has contributed to the broader areas of health care or health policy.


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