Jeffrey A. Cook was named Appleton Area Health Services’ (AAHS) Chief Executive Officer and Administrator, beginning in August, 2012. Jeff grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota and currently resides in Fargo, North Dakota. Jeff is married to his wife, Elizabeth (Lisa) and has two children, son Noah (19) and daughter Hannah (15). Jeff is currently searching for a home in the Appleton community and will move to the area in the coming months.
Cook received his AAS in Accounting from Northwest Technical College in Moorhead, MN, then went on to receive his BS in University Studies from the University of Minnesota-Moorhead in Moorhead, MN. In 2005, he received his MBA and a MSM in Management with an HR emphasis from the University of Mary in Fargo, ND.
Prior to coming to AAHS, Jeff served as Essentia Health’s North Dakota Division Manager for the past ten years. Essentia Health is a large health system with a presence in Minnesota, North Dakota and Idaho that employs 11,500 employees with over 40 clinics and 15 hospitals within the system. Cook recruited over 20 multispecialty and primary care physicians, developed an OB/GYN practice in one facility adding 100 births per year, facilitated a multi-million dollar construction project and consistently operated under budget.
Cook also served as chief financial officer to Bridges Medical Center, a 25-bed critical care hospital and 49-bed nursing home for one year; recruiting two physicians, reducing inventories in excess of $50k and increased days cash on hand from 34 to 75. Jeff also gained 3 years of experience at Lisbon Medical, a 25-bed critical care hospital with a 56-bed nursing home as their chief financial officer. There, Jeff recruited three new physicians and two mid-level providers.
In 2004, Jeff became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a professional certification sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Candidates for the certification must meet certain educational and experience requirements, join and maintain tenure in ACHE, and pass an examination before the designation is awarded.
Jeff is looking forward to re-entering the hospital and care center (nursing home) world after being in the clinic side for the last ten years. As our society ages there will be more community members moving toward retirement and more of a need to accommodate the aging population through our senior living apartments and care center.
Cook is expected to have his nursing home administrator’s license by the end of 2013. In the meantime, Kathy Johnson, who has been serving as interim administrator and CEO at AAHS will act as the nursing home administrator.
Jeff enjoys hunting, fishing, racquetball and watching the outdoor channel. Drop Jeff an email at email@example.com.