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Richard Smith

Human Resources Officer

Dick-SmithRichard K. Smith has worked as a human resources professional for over 20 years, first as the Director of Human Resources for a Critical Access Hospital in Michigan and for the past 15 years, as the Human Resources Officer at Cody Regional Health. Richard’s initial foray into healthcare was as a staff Respiratory Therapist, both in the acute care setting and home care arena, until he was promoted to coordinate an inpatient and outpatient Cardiac Rehab Program. It was through an odd twist of fate that Richard found the human resources field as the incumbent Human Resources Officer at the hospital in Michigan identified qualities in Richard that he felt would lend themselves to a successful career in HR resulting in a formal succession plan where Richard became the HR Officer when his mentor retired. Richard earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Communications from Western Michigan University and his Associates of Applied Respiratory Therapy at Kalamazoo Community College. Richard finds his experience as a staff respiratory therapist to be very valuable in his role as HR Officer as he can personally relate to the unique challenges RN’s, therapists and other caregivers face in today’s healthcare environment and he feels this makes him an especially effective HR leader. Richard is thoroughly researched and current in most every aspect of human resources to include state and federal regulations and guidelines, labor law, FMLA, workers compensation, employee relations, recruitment and retention, wage analysis, health insurance, pension and retirement plans and leadership training.

What Our Patients Have to Say
  • "My wife (Gerie Helton) and I traveled to Cody for our anniversary trip to Yellowstone National Park. On September 23, 2018 which would have been the first day of our trip she dislocated her left hip ( which had been replaced in 2009 0r 2010) while putting on her socks ( of all things.) We were staying at the Sunrise Motor Inn which fortunately was a short ambulance ride to your emergency room. The experience we had beginning with the EMT's who responded to the ambulance call, to the emergency room, and the next day on the second floor of your fine hospital is what ..."

    - Terry
  • "ER department went to great lengths to make this "out of towner" feel comfortable. Dr. Polley and Nurse Sarah were very professional and had a great bedside manner. It was my worst asthma attack and I felt very confident that I was getting top notch care."

    - Kelly
  • "Had to bring my daughter for a shoulder injury, on July 4th. I was thoroughly impressed. The staff was absolutely great, very friendly and compassionate. They took great care of my daughter and explained the diagnosis and discharge orders with great detail. I only wish our ER back home could be this professional. I know this is a smaller town and more tight knit, but this hospital/ER could set an example for the rest of the country. Thanks to the staff, physician and PA for the excellent care."

    - Chris
  • "I was a walk in patient on 5/29/18. I had been sick for several days while on a month long motorhome trip. The reception staff was friendly and efficient. I was seen quickly by the PA on duty, Robert Lang. He listened to me, did an exam, diagnosed my illness as acute bronchitis, and prescribed the necessary medication. I was feeling better in just a few days which enabled me to enjoy the remainder of my trip. I was sick and a long way from home so I really appreciated the excellent and friendly care that I received."

    - Bill