Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System CEO Daren Relph was honored at the Indian Hills Community College annual staff day recognition ceremony held Aug. 29. During the ceremony, the Indian Hills Community College Foundation presented awards to five people. Each year, members of the Indian Hills staff nominate and select an outstanding IHCC alumnus, IHCC retiree, lay citizen and two current employees.
Relph was recognized as the outstanding alumnus. In the early 90s, he worked as an EMT and housekeeper for Wayne County Hospital and began taking arts and sciences courses and continuing education credit for paramedic certification at Indian Hills. From 1996 to 2000, he worked for investment firms then returned to the health care field, becoming a staff paramedic. In 2005, as the associate administrator of Wayne County Hospital he provided senior-level leadership and strategic vision to the 25 bed critical access hospital and was involved in all facets of a $7.3 million hospital renovation project. In 2010, he was named the hospital's CEO. During his tenure, the organization has grown to include the countywide clinic system, has expanded from 169 to 251 employees and has increased from $25 million to $40 million in projected revenues for 2013-14.
“This is quite an honor and I am truly humbled,” Relph says. “It goes to show that even if pursuing your education takes a while it is worth it. IHCC provided me with the foundation to get where I am today and I am sincerely grateful.”
Relph and his wife Dusti live in Corydon. They have a son Winston and a daughter Raquel, who attends Grand View University. Relph also has two stepchildren, Trevor DeVore and Teela Becker.