Wyoming hospital preps for 3rd attempt to find CEO

Powell (Wyo.) Valley Hospital is beginning its CEO search for the third time, the Powell Tribune reported April 4. 

Terry Odom — who originally took the hospital's helm as interim CEO in 2015 — made plans to retire in the first quarter of 2023. The board began its search for a new CEO in late August, and originally hoped to find one by November. 

However, the hospital extended Ms. Odom's contract through June after two failed attempts to find a CEO. Nearly 20 candidates have applied to the role; however, the hospital's final picks fell through in both hiring rounds. The first demanded pay above the hospital's established salary range, and the second was deemed a poor fit following an on-site interview. 

"From the start, the hiring committee has been in agreement that our number one priority is to hire the very best candidate available to us to lead PVHC, and we firmly believe that we will identify that candidate even though it is going to require additional rounds in the hiring process," Chris Cox, vice president of the hospital board, said at a monthly meeting. "We will be patient and we will be diligent because we are 100 percent committed to getting this right.

"In the meantime, we are fortunate to have the continued leadership and guidance of our current CEO, Terry Odom," Mr. Cox continued. "Undoubtedly, part of the challenge in finding a suitable replacement is due to the fact that she has set the bar incredibly high."

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