Loring Hospital in Sac City is pleased to announce it has selected Kara Wellington as the new chief clinical officer (CCO). Wellington officially took over leadership duties for all clinical departments and activities at the hospital on Sept. 1.
“I am honored and excited to take on the role of CCO at Loring Hospital and play a larger role in enhancing quality healthcare in Sac City and in the surrounding communities,” said Wellington. “I look forward to leading a great and talented team while continuing to fulfill Loring’s mission of providing patients with the highest level of care.”
Wellington has been an employee of Loring Hospital for the past six years where she has served as a registered nurse working in both the medical/surgical unit as well as the emergency room. For the past four years, she has served as the director of inpatient services.
Prior to joining Loring, Wellington worked at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll for three years on the medical/surgical/pediatric floor.
“I could not be more pleased with the outcome of the CCO search and am looking forward to working with Kara in a strategic role,” said Stacy Johnson, Loring Hospital’s chief executive officer and chief financial officer. “Loring is very fortunate to have such incredible talent in house who have the drive to make Loring the best it can be, and Kara is one of those individuals.”
Wellington received an associate’s degree in nursing from Des Moines Area Community College and continued her education through Walden University in Minnesota by enrolling in the university’s RN to MSN program. Wellington is currently completing a master’s program through Clarkson College in Omaha.
“Having the right people in the right position is key,” added Johnson. “Kara has over nine years of experience in the healthcare field with six of those being right here at Loring. Over the years, Kara has built positive relationships with employees, physicians, and the community, and has earned the respect of many, including myself.”
Wellington is a native of Sac City. She and her husband, Ben, live in town with their three year old son, Sawyer.