St. Marys native Jane Hyde is currently senior vice president of strategic development and community affairs at Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, Wis.; however, she is in the process of wrapping up her tenure in that position and moving back home to Pennsylvania to serve as senior vice president for the WellSpan Health system and CEO its of Gettysburg Hospital.
Hyde explained that her decision to pursue this type of career, and to move back to Pennsylvania, is due to "the opportunity to continue to impact the lives of patients and families needing healthcare."
"In the case of my new role with WellSpan Health, [the decision was influenced by the desire] to join an outstanding Pa. healthcare system and come back 'home' to Pa.," Hyde said.
Discussing the most interesting aspects of her job, Hyde noted that each day is different and presents new challenges.
"I especially enjoy when I can cross paths with families we serve and hear about their good experiences with the healthcare system," Hyde said.
Hyde also remarked that she would recommend this type of career to others, but only "if they love the challenge of operating a complex business and one that engages them with people whose lives they can make better."
Throughout her career, Hyde has lived in a variety of locations, each of which she noted reminded her a bit of St. Marys.
"In each of my moves, I have met caring and interesting people-- that's a lot like St. Marys," Hyde said. "I do enjoy, in my varying locations, the diversity of people, entertainment and dining that is perhaps a bit greater than what I was used to in my hometown."
The daughter of Leo "Pickles" and the late Rita Rigard, Jane is a graduate of Elk County Christian High School. She went on to attend Marywood University and Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis.
Hyde added that she typically makes it back to St. Marys several times a year.
"My sister and family are there, and it's not everyone who is lucky enough to still 'come home' to visit their 95-year-old dad who still drives and lives independently in our home where I grew up," Hyde said.