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David Ressler poised to return as Aspen Valley Hospital CEO

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Aspen Valley Hospital’s board of directors took steps at its monthly meeting Monday to bring David Ressler back as CEO.

The board unanimously passed a resolution supporting recommendations from the hospital’s search committee and headhunting firm Witt/Kieffer to hire Ressler. The resolution also suspends the search for a new CEO.

Ressler was the hospital’s CEO from September 2004 to July 2013. He left the hospital to take the job as vice president and chief strategy officer of Tucson Medical Center in Arizona.

Ressler expressed interest in the Aspen Valley Hospital position in July, according to the resolution, which noted he provided “exemplary service” to the hospital district during his time there.

“No other candidate for CEO has the nine-year track record that established Mr. Ressler as the very standard by which the Search Committee and Witt/Kieffer have been judging applicants in the current Search Process,” the resolution states.

Ressler could start as early as this fall but no later than Jan. 1, according to the resolution.

Interim hospital CEO Terry Collins would return to his previous position as chief financial officer, said hospital spokeswoman Ginny Dyche.

Dan Bonk was the hospital’s previous full-time CEO, serving for two years before announcing his resignation in January.