50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know | 2015

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to recognize 50 hospital CEOs, presidents and administrators for their leadership of widely recognized critical access hospitals.

The men and women on this list lead the hospitals that appeared on this publication's 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know list, published in August.

Note: Leaders are presented in alphabetical order.


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Todd Almendinger. President and CEO of Magruder Hospital (Port Clinton, Ohio). Mr. Almendinger was appointed president and CEO of Magruder Hospital in November 2012. [READ MORE]

Karen Barber. CEO of Yoakum (Texas) Community Hospital. Ms. Barber has been with Yoakum Community Hospital since 1992, when she joined as a nurse. [READ MORE]

Mark Biscone. President and CEO of Waldo County Healthcare (Belfast, Maine). Mr. Biscone has been with Waldo County Healthcare for more than 35 years. [READ MORE]

Arthur Blank. President and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital (Bar Harbor, Maine). Mr. Blank has been CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital since 1999. [READ MORE]

Rod Boula. CEO and Administrator of Elizabethtown (N.Y.) Community Hospital. Mr. Boula has served as Elizabethtown Community Hospital's CEO and administrator since 2004, prior to which he was the vice president of administration at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, N.Y. [READ MORE]

Ed Brunn. President and CEO of Sparrow Clinton Hospital (St. Johns, Mich.). Mr. Brunn has been president of Sparrow Clinton Hospital since 1994, and he added CEO to his title in 2004. [READ MORE]

Patrick E. Carron. President and CEO of Perry County Memorial Hospital (Perryville, Mo.). Mr. Carron started his career in healthcare as a registered nurse. [READ MORE]

Nicole Clapp. President and CEO of Grant Regional Health Center (Lancaster, Wis.). Ms. Clapp took over as Grant Regional Health Center's president and CEO in April 2006. [READ MORE]

Karen Cole. CEO of Shenandoah (Iowa) Medical Center. Ms. Cole, who started her career in healthcare as an intensive care unit nurse in Wisconsin, joined Shenandoah Medical Center in 2012. [READ MORE]

Dolan Dalpoas, President and CEO of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (Lincoln, Ill.). Mr. Dalpoas joined Springfield, Illinois-based Memorial Health System in 1994 and has worked in various capacities — including President and CEO of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital — since. [READ MORE]

Jake Dorst. CIO and Interim CEO of Tahoe Forest Health District (Truckee, Calif.). Mr. Dorst joined Tahoe Forest Health District, which includes Tahoe Forest Hospital, in September 2014 as chief information and innovation officer and became its interim chief in May. [READ MORE]

Matthew Forge. Chief Administrative Officer of St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics (Cottonwood, Idaho). Mr. Forge was named CAO of St. Mary's Hospital in March. [READ MORE]

Toby Freier. President of New Ulm (Minn.) Medical Center. Mr. Freier became president of New Ulm Medical Center in January 2011. [READ MORE]

Ed Freysinger. CEO of Providence Hood River (Ore.) Memorial Hospital. In addition to overseeing Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Mr. Freysinger leads healthcare services for Providence throughout the Columbia Gorge. [READ MORE]

Marian Furlong, RN. President and CEO of Hudson (Wis.) Hospital & Clinic. Ms. Furlong began her career as a registered nurse in acute care settings before moving on to hold multiple hospital operations positions. [READ MORE]

Marty Guthmiller. CEO of Orange City (Iowa) Area Health System. Mr. Guthmiller has more than 30 years of healthcare experience and has been CEO of Orange City Area Health System since 1994. [READ MORE]

Hank Hanigan. CEO of Whitman Hospital & Medical Center (Colfax, Wash.). Mr. Hanigan joined Whitman Hospital as CEO in October 2014. [READ MORE]

Tim Herrmann, RN. Chief Administrative Officer of Cottage Grove (Ore.) Community Medical Center. Mr. Herrmann has been a registered nurse for roughly 33 years and has a clinical background in neuro/trauma intensive care. [READ MORE]

Jeff Hill. CEO of Steele Memorial Medical Center (Salmon, Idaho). Mr. Hill has led Steele Memorial Medical Center since 2010 and has more than 25 years of healthcare experience. [READ MORE]

Dale Hustedt. CEO of Avera Holy Family Hospital (Estherville, Iowa). The Avera Holy Family Hospital Board of Trustees named Mr. Hustedt as the hospital administrator in 2014. [READ MORE]

Barry Jacobsen. CEO of Myrtue Medical Center (Harlan, Iowa). Mr. Jacobsen became CEO of Myrtue Medical Center in 2009 after serving as interim CEO for about five months. [READ MORE]

M. Steven Jones. President of University Hospitals Geneva (Ohio) Medical Center. Mr. Jones took on the role of president of UH Geneva Medical Center in 2014, but this was not his first foray into leading a UH facility. [READ MORE]

John Keelan. CEO of Brodstone Memorial Hospital (Superior, Neb.). Mr. Keelan has been the CEO of Brodstone Memorial Hospital for 14 years but he has been in the healthcare field for 44 years. [READ MORE]

Ben Koppelman. President and CEO of CHI St. Joseph's Health (Park Rapids, Minn.). Since 2007, Mr. Koppelman has served as president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph's where he oversees the leadership, operational and financial management of the organization. [READ MORE]

Catherine Landis, RN. President and CNO of Transylvania Regional Hospital (Brevard, N.C.). Ms. Landis was named president and CNO of Transylvania Regional Hospital in August 2014. [READ MORE]

Vic Lee. President and CEO of Boone County Health Center (Albion, Neb.). Mr. Lee has been president and CEO of the Boone County Health Center since June 2000. [READ MORE]

James K. Long. CEO and Administrator of West River Health Services (Hettinger, N.D.). Mr. Long is a healthcare CEO with a financial background, as he is a certified public accountant and a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. [READ MORE]

Michelle McEwen. President and CEO of Speare Memorial Hospital (Plymouth, N.H.). Ms. McEwen has led Speare Memorial Hospital, which has more than a century's worth of history, since June 2000. [READ MORE]

Steve McNeece. CEO of Community Hospital of Anaconda (Mont.). Mr. McNeece was named CEO of Community Hospital of Anaconda in 2001, before which he served for 13 years as vice-president of St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont. [READ MORE]

David R. Miller. President of River Falls (Wis.) Area Hospital. Before becoming a healthcare administrator, Mr. Miller spent time as a nationally registered paramedic. [READ MORE]

Tamara Miller. CEO of Madison (S.D.) Community Hospital. Ms. Miller started out at Madison Community Hospital as an administrative assistant. [READ MORE]

Chuck Nelson. Regional CEO for Aspirus Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In his role as CEO of Aspirus Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Mr. Nelson also oversees Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, Mich. [READ MORE]

Paul Nurick. CEO of Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital (Ellensburg, Wash.). During his career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Nurick has served in leadership roles for large and small healthcare organizations in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Michigan. [READ MORE]

Brent Peterson. CEO and Administrator of Cherry County Hospital (Valentine, Neb.). Mr. Peterson has served as the CEO and administrator of Cherry County Hospital for roughly 35 years. [READ MORE]

Robert Peterson. CEO of Millinocket (Maine) Regional Hospital. After conducting a nationwide search, Millinocket Regional chose Mr. Peterson as its new CEO in 2014. [READ MORE]

David E. Phelps. CEO of Berkshire Health Systems (Pittsfield, Mass.). Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Mass., is part of BHS. Mr. Phelps, a Pittsfield native, was appointed president of BHS and BHS's long-term care associate Berkshire Health Care Systems in 1993. [READ MORE]

Lisa M. Radtke. Chief Administrative Officer of Winneshiek Medical Center (Decorah, Iowa). Ms. Radtke became CAO of Winneshiek Medical Center in October 2014 after taking on the role in an interim capacity in May 2014. [READ MORE]

Roger J. Reamer. Administrator and CEO of Memorial Health Care Systems (Seward, Neb.). Mr. Reamer has served as Memorial's administrator and CEO for 15 years. [READ MORE]

Timothy Richman. President and CEO of Calumet Medical Center (Chilton, Wis.). Mr. Richman was made president and CEO of Calumet Medical Center in 2008. [READ MORE]

Bruce Roesler. CEO of Richland Hospital (Richland Center, Wis.). Mr. Roesler became CEO of Richland Hospital in March. He most recently served as CEO of Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, Iowa, a position he held for more than seven years. [READ MORE]

Emmett C. Schuster. President and CEO of Gibson General Hospital (Princeton, Ind.). Mr. Schuster joined Gibson General Hospital as president and CEO in 2007. [READ MORE]

Justin Selle. CEO of Pike County Memorial Hospital (Louisiana, Mo.). Mr. Selle joined Pike County Memorial Hospital in July 2014 as COO, with plans to take the reins from the retiring CEO in March. [READ MORE]

Hank Simpson, MD. Vice CMO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin and Chairman of the Board at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar (Menomonie, Wis.). Dr. Simpson has served in his current roles since 2004, prior to which he was the medical director at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar for seven years. [READ MORE]

Florence Spyrow. Interim CEO of Hammond-Henry Hospital (Geneseo, Ill.). Ms. Spyrow was appointed interim CEO of Hammond-Henry Hospital in December 2014. [READ MORE]

Ward VanWichen, BSN. CEO of Phillips County Hospital (Malta, Mont.). Mr. VanWichen has been at the helm of Phillips County Hospital since 2007. [READ MORE]

Timothy J. Walsh. President and CEO of Martha's Vineyard Hospital (Oak Bluffs, Mass.). Mr. Walsh started his career at Martha's Vineyard in 2000 when he joined as CFO. He was promoted to CEO two years later. [READ MORE]

Ken Westman. CEO of Barrett Memorial Hospital (Dillon, Mont.). Mr. Westman began serving Barrett Hospital and HealthCare in 2011, but he has racked up more than 20 years of healthcare experience throughout his career. [READ MORE]

Richard Willett. CEO of Redington-Fairview General Hospital (Skowhegan, Maine). [READ MORE]

Gerald Worrick. President and CEO of Ministry Door County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Worrick has served in his current role at Door County Memorial Hospital since 1987. [READ MORE]

Glenn Zevenbergen. CEO of Hegg Memorial Health Center Avera (Rock Valley, Iowa). Mr. Zevenbergen served as the director of laboratory and ancillary services at Hegg Memorial Hospital and the director of Hegg Medical Clinic before being made CEO of Hegg Memorial Health Center in 2003. [READ MORE]


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