The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has selected its new executive director.

Chris Martens officially took over the vacant role on August 14 with the non-profit organization sharing the news yesterday afternoon.

"Honestly, it's very exciting, I'm really looking forward to the challenge of taking the executive director role and seeing where we can take things at the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation," he said. "I'm very excited to be able to put my stamp on the foundation and make positive changes along the way."    

The former Swift Current City Councillor has been with the Swift Current-based business since early January in their development & major gifts coordinator role. Martens and the rest of the Dr. Noble staff have been sharing parts of his new role for the last several months since the departure of Jim Dekowny.

"I'm really appreciative of the board's faith and trust in me and I look forward to holding myself at a high standard to make sure that things continue to progress and move forward positively," he said.    

The local business owner doesn't foresee any major changes needed within the foundation currently but does believe they need to continue affirming the southwest that they're doing the best for healthcare locally.

"In a lot of cases what we do, is ensuring that we have some of those medical pieces of equipment that you may not realize that you need until you do and you're grateful that they're here locally," he said. 

Martens and the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation will have a little over two months to prepare for their largest event of the year, the two-day radiothon on October 26 & 27 that can be heard on the Eagle 94.1, Magic 97.1, CKSW 570, and CJSN 1490. They have already confirmed funding raised from the event will be used to purchase a thulium fiber laser. 

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