After 12 years as the executive director of The HaysMed Foundation, Ruth Heffel has announced her retirement, effective Friday. Heffel has guided The Foundation through significant growth and established processes that will continue to offer structured expansion opportunities for generations to come.

“I have been so blessed with the opportunity to meet and work with exceptionally skilled and dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff at the medical center. Their concern for our patients is truly heartfelt. The Foundation has also been extremely fortunate to have passionate, influential board members whose mission is to help HaysMed thrive. Their work has assisted people of all ages, from newborns to seniors, who have had their health restored here. To them I offer my sincerest thanks,” Heffel said.

Stepping into the executive director’s office will be Jeff Brull, who joined the team last September as a development officer. Brull has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Communication from Fort Hays State University and served most recently as advancement director at Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High in Hays. He is married to Julie Brull, and together they have three children.

“I am excited by the challenges before us because of the opportunities they represent to serve the region through the work of the HaysMed Foundation. I am passionate about western Kansas and will continue to build on the legacy established under Ruth’s leadership through the HaysMed Foundation Board of Directors and the many generous donors and advocates who make life better for us all,” said Brull.