The commander of Madigan Army Medical Center is leaving his post a couple months early to take a position leading the Murray-Calloway County Hospital in his home state of Kentucky.
Jerome “Jerry” Penner has led Madigan since August 2009. He was due to rotate out of his position in June, but instead will retire from the Army and begin work at Murray-Calloway in April.
Murray-Calloway’s trustees announced Penner’s hire this morning, according to the Murray Ledger & Times.
Penner told the newspaper he was excited to return to Kentucky as his 29-year Army career concludes.
“My family and I are extremely excited about the opportunity to join Murray-Calloway County Hospital and equally excited about the opportunity to come back home,” Penner told the Ledger & Times. “I am looking forward to contributing to the future success of the great community there … It’s been a long process and my thanks go out to the board of trustees, medical staff and hospital leadership for their confidence in my abilities. I am deeply humbled.”
Penner has held positions in hospital administration at Fort Drum, N.Y., and Fort Campbell, Ky. He served in the Iraq war leading a medical team in Baghdad in 2004-05.
Highlights of his tenure here have included preparing Madigan for the return of about 18,000 soldiers from combat missions last year and opening a clinic to expand services for traumatic brain injuries.