Changes for Unity Point Health Marshalltown

Marshalltown, IA – Dustin Wright has been named President of UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown and will begin his new role on May 15, 2017.  Dustin is currently the CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner, Iowa.


In the interim (May 1 – 15, 2017), Jennifer Havens, CEO of Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) will serve a dual role at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown serving as interim CEO along with her responsibilities at GCMH.  On May 15, she’ll transition into a permanent dual role as Vice President of Operations of UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown and CEO of Grundy County Memorial Hospital.


Mr. Wright comes to Marshalltown from Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner, Iowa where he was CEO.  Community Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of UnityPoint Health – Waterloo serving Bremer, Fayette and Chickasaw counties in Iowa. Prior to joining Community Memorial Hospital as president and CEO in June 2015, he held numerous healthcare positions including Director of Clinic Operations and Director of Senior Care/Ancillary Services both with Sanford Health.  Before Sanford Health, he completed a two year Administrative Fellowship at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.


He is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business and earned his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from University of Missouri.  He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is eligible for fellow status May 2017.


Ms. Havens has been a member of the GCMH senior leadership team since 2008 and was named CEO in March 2015.  Jennifer came to GCMH after serving as the Brain Tumor Coordinator at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN for 18 years and two years as the Neuroscience Administrator at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.  Jennifer has been honored as one of Iowa’s Top 100 nurses and is actively involved in the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders.  She is a graduate of Jackson College, Miami, is a registered nurse and received her Master’s in Health Administration from Des Moines University.


In announcing these leadership positions, Pam Delagardelle, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Waterloo stated, “Dustin and Jennifer are the right people to lead as they have proven track records in exceptional clinical outcomes, improving the patient experience and establishing collaborative relationships with physicians and employees while serving their communities.   I’d also like to acknowledge the interim leadership team and Board of Directors at Central Iowa Healthcare for their dedication and commitment in keeping healthcare local. ”