David Thompson, a surgeon with Southern Indiana Surgery, has been promoted to chief of staff at Columbus Regional Hospital.
Meanwhile, Amanda Dornfeld, a physician at Sandcrest Family Medicine, has been named chief of staff-elect, the first woman to serve in that role in the hospital’s 95-year history, according to Paige Harden, the hospital’s public relations specialist.
Thompson will serve two years, after which Dornfeld will take over the chief of staff position for the following two-year term.
Medical practitioners at Columbus Regional Hospital nominate candidates for the position of chief of staff, whose job is to serve as medical and administrative leader of the medical staff.
Thompson, who replaces Dr. Jason May, joined the hospital medical staff in 1998. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He completed a fellowship at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
He said he learned a lot during the past two years as the chief of staff-elect, such as how to effectively bridge communication between the medical staff and hospital administration.
“It’s an honor,” he said. “The medical staff is trusting you to voice their opinions to the administration, and the administration is trusting you, too.”
Dornfeld joined the hospital medical staff in 2006. She graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed her residency at Ball Memorial Family Practice Center.
Dornfeld said she was honored.
“I hope that when my turn comes, I can help my colleagues in the hospital to continue to serve the community,” she said.