Deb Cardin became the CEO in 2009. Prior to her current position she was Chief Nurse Executive for 10 years and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Before joining JCHC, Cardin was the Nursing Program Director at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Teikyo Marycrest University and her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education Administration from LaSalle University. She graduated from Pekin High School and was born in the former Jefferson County Hospital.
In 2004 Cardin was named Outstanding Nurse Executive for the State of Iowa by the Iowa Hospital Association for her exceptional achievements in nursing.
In 2012 Cardin became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for health care leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 health care executives who lead our nation's hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs.
In 2012 Cardin was named by the State of Iowa as one of Iowa's 100 Great Iowa Nurses. JCHC has the distinction of having two Great Iowa Nurses. Joneane Parker, VP of Clinical Services, is a past recipient.