As a long-time resident of Larned, Leonard Herrman had been watching the growth of Pawnee Valley Community Hospital from the sidelines.
But now, he is serving in a position that allows him to have a hand in the day-to-day operation of the hospital and its clinic.
Herrman is the new Human Resources (HR) director at the hospital, 923 Carroll, and Pawnee Valley Medical Associates, 713 W. 11th.
“I have seen the evolution of these facilities from conception through construction,” Herrman said. “I also have witnessed the tremendous community support along the way.
“Now that I am here, the energy displayed by hospital and clinic employees really stands out; this is difficult to find in other organizations. I see this HR opportunity as a way to contribute to an exciting, progressive organization.”
Herrman’s responsibilities include overseeing HR programs such as: compensation, benefits and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
As Herrman takes on these duties, his “first impressions have been wonderful. I have a unique opportunity to work with the team here and our business partners at HaysMed. I am learning so much from my associates in Larned and Hays.”
The HR director also noted he is “impressed with the many services provided right here at home. It is incredible to have a hospital with critical-care access and a wide variety of services in our own backyard.”
Herrman earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Baker University and a master’s in public administration from Wichita State University.
His professional background includes serving as HR director at Larned State Hospital where he: was instrumental in developing the Licensed Mental Health Technician program; started a work-study program with Fort Hays State University; and collaborated with local government officials to create a digital recruiting campaign that demonstrated a 30 percent improvement over earlier recruiting efforts.
In addition, past employment includes patrol officer at the Larned Police Department; Sergeant First Class with the Kansas Army National Guard in Manhattan; and fire chief at the Larned Volunteer Fire Department.
“I want to bring the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years to this position,” he commented. “Since we want to find the best way forward from an HR perspective, I will work closely with my colleagues to bring strategies that will lead us into the future.”
Herrman grew up in Topeka and moved to Larned in 1996.