By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
In August, Chase County Hospital Foundation executive director Randy Vlasin will return to his first professional love—teaching.
Vlasin said he will leave his current position in August to become the Agricultural Education Instructor at Hayes Center Schools.
Vlasin joined the hospital foundation as its director in November 2008 and is the only director the foundation has ever had.
He said the decision to leave the foundation and return to teaching proved very difficult to make.
At first, he didn’t believe it was a possibility. However, he said barriers to taking the position just kept coming down, which ultimately led him to take the position.
“Anyone that knows me understands that I have a passion for teaching, plus there are other personal and family considerations that impacted my decision,” he said.
“I have prayed a lot about this decision and feel this is where God is directing me to go,” he said.
Vlasin said he and his wife, Donna, plan to remain in Imperial. Vlasin’s mother, Doris, lives on the farm on which Randy grew up southeast of Hayes Center, so that’s where he plans to live during the week.
He said that also provides the opportunity to spend a little more time with his mother than he has be able to.
Vlasin served as an ag instructor at Chase County High School from 1983 through 2006.
During that time, the program grew from 19 students to more than 150. He was assisted by ag teacher Jason Speck who now works with Vlasin’s son, Jeremy, who is an ag teacher at CCHS.
Vlasin said the Hayes Center opportunity puts him in position to help strengthen another high school ag program. It’s really about serving the kids, he noted.
During his tenure at the foundation, Vlasin has been instrumental in securing more than $500,000 in grant funding for the hospital and more than $250,000 from other fundraising efforts.
In addition, a permanent endowment fund for the hospital was started in 2009 and currently has $36,000 invested for future healthcare needs. Vlasin said he hopes that fund will continue to grow.
He also wanted to dispel rumors as to why he’s making a career change.
“I’d like to dispel one of those rumors. I am not leaving the hospital and foundation because I am frustrated or have lost faith in Chase County Community Hospital. Quite the opposite,” he said.
“I believe there is a great opportunity for Chase County Community Hospital because of its location and because there are some very dedicated staff members at this facility. This belief is what made the decision to leave so difficult,” he said.
Hospital Foundation President Sam McNair said Vlasin did a great job promoting the foundation and the hospital.
He obtained several large grants for the hospital and worked with people well, McNair added.