A months-long search to find a new CEO has resulted in the hiring of Ryan Smith to lead Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Smith was among three finalists who were brought to Douglas for interviews over the past month, after a round of video conference interviews involving seven candidates. The hospital received about 150 initial applications. Smith has an employment contract preventing him from starting sooner, so he is scheduled to assume his new position on Dec. 1. He will make $300,000 as CEO in Douglas.