COZAD, NE – The Cozad Community Health System Board of Directors has named
Robert Dyer as CEO effective immediately.
Dyer has been with CCHS since June of 2002 beginning as a Physical Therapist, and more
recently acting as Executive Director of Outpatient Services for the health system. Dyer is a
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, as well as Board Certified in Wound Care. Dyer
was instrumental in the development of CCHS Wound Clinic where there are now three Board
Certified staff to serve our community.
Originally from Hyannis, Nebraska, Robert received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Sciences,
from Wayne State College, graduating with Honors and later earned his Master of Physical
Therapy degree in 2001, graduating with Distinction. A firm believer in lifelong learning he later
completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UNMC in 2005. He was first employed at
Alliance Physical Therapy in Alliance, Nebraska. Dyer noted that in 2002 he decided to take a
position at CCHS “As the result of an excellent clinical experience he had at CCHS, when he was
a physical therapy intern in the Fall of 1999.” He enjoyed the people of the health system and
Cozad position him and his soon to be wife Ann, half-way between both of their parents.
Dyer brings an impressive resume to the table, being a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical
Specialist, as well as being Board Certified in Wound Care. Dyer was instrumental in the
development of CCHS Wound Clinic where there are now three Board Certified staff to serve
our community. He has also been a very active member of the American Physical Therapy
Association, (APTA), where he served on the Executive Board, as Central District Chairman of
the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA). Later he was elected Chief Delegate to the
National Assembly. In 2010, Robert was the recipient of the NHA “Caring Kind” Award and in
2018 received the NPTA “Clinical Excellence Award.” He was also Co-Chair for the Midwest
Caucus in 2017-2018. Currently Dyer serves on the Rural Health Advisory Committee for UNMC.
Dyer did not take the decision to apply for the CEO position lightly, stating “It was never my
intent to become the CEO of a health system. I would never choose to do this in another
community. I have always given my therapy patients 100% and will miss working with them as
they have taught me so much. With the support and expertise of my coworkers, I will continue
to give my best effort to move our health system forward so we can do the best job possible for
our patients, community, and employees.”
Al Svajgr, Chairman of the Board stated, “The Board of Directors, following interviews with the
top three candidates, and polling our employees, unanimously chose to offer the CEO position
to Robert Dyer.” Svajgr went on, “Robert continues to have a strong desire to make our
hospital system the healthcare provider of choice for our Cozad residents and those in our
Robert and his wife Ann, have three children, Megan, Jason, and Brooke. They are active
members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where Robert serves as an Elder and Ann plays
the piano and teaches Midweek classes. They enjoy watching their children as they participate
in school activities.