New Fostoria Community Hospital president an already familiar face

By Alex Boroff

Focus Reporter

For the new head of Fostoria Community Hospital, the chance to take the reins as president wasn't just a welcome opportunity, it was a welcome return.

Dan Schwanke took over as president of Fostoria Community Hospital July 13. But Schwanke is no stranger to Fostoria - he served as senior vice president of operations for Fostoria Community Hospital August 2006-August 2008, before moving to a vice president position at Wildwood Medical Center.

While at Wildwood, Schwanke helped oversee the construction of a new orthopedic hospital on the campus.

"I felt bad about leaving [Fostoria Community Hospital], even though Wildwood was a good opportunity for me," Schwanke said.

"It was very exciting for me to come back ... it was just a good fit," Schwanke said.

The move was part of an entire reorganization of leadership throughout the entire ProMedica hospital system.

"Having experience in Fostoria, knowing a lot of the people, knowing the community, and being familiar with the organization - it was a good fit for me to come back in a higher leadership role," Schwanke said.

Schwanke is a graduate of Ohio University, and went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for physical therapy schooling. He has also done graduate work at the University of Toledo and at the Mayo Clinic in health care management. He has a long career in healthcare that includes leadership positions at Toledo Hospital, Flower Hospital in Toledo, and St. Francis Health Care Centre in Green Springs.

His predecessor, Tim Jakacki, now heads ProMedica's Bixby and Herrick Medical Centers in Adrian and Tecumseh, Mich. Jakacki served as president of Fostoria Community Hospital since 2001.

Referring to FCH's former president, Schwanke said he has "big shoes to fill," and he hopes to continue expanding the hospital's services to the Fostoria community.

"We're always trying to make sure that the hospital is something that fits the needs of the communities and responds to the people that we serve," he said.

Schwanke said he would like to bring more medical specialists to the hospital, so that locals won't need to travel long distances to receive specialty care.