Boone County Hospital has hired Mikaela Kienitz as the hospital's new CEO. She will start January 2, when CEO Joe Smith retires after 30 years of service. The hospital has had a partnership with QHR Health, a hospital consulting and management firm based in Tennessee, since 1993. It employs Smith and CFO Joe Devin. Devin will retire after Kienitz is trained for her new role. Kienitz will be employed by the hospital. BCH does use other services from QHR and will likely continue for a while, she said.