KEARNEY, NE — A Kearney hospital has made it’s choice for its next president.

CHI Health Good Samaritan announced Wednesday that Curt Coleman will be the hospital’s new president starting August 1. He succeeds Mike Schnieders, who served as president for nearly 12 years before retiring in March.

Coleman comes to Kearney from Davenport, Iowa, where he is president of critical access hospitals for Genesis Health System. He has held high-ranking executive roles at three other healthcare facilities in Iowa.

“Leading a larger hospital has always been a goal of mine,” Coleman said in a news release. “Knowing that Good Samaritan also affords me the opportunity to build relationships with our critical access hospital neighbors makes it a great fit for me.”

Coleman is an Iowa native and holds two degrees from the University of Iowa, including a master’s in hospital and health administration.

“We are excited to welcome Curt to Good Samaritan to help continue our mission that began almost 100 years ago,” says Kimber Bonner, vice president, Patient Care Services at Good Samaritan. “We are called to serve and it’s our honor to have him join us in ensuring advanced care is provided to our region.”