Leadership Transition

In December of 2015, St. Peter's Hospital President and CEO Nate Olson announced his plans to resign at the end of the hospital's current fiscal year (May 31, 2016).

Creating A Smooth Transition
The St. Peter's Hospital's Board of Directors met at its regularly-scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 and discussed plans to ensure a smooth and effective transition of leadership.  At this meeting, the Board chose to form a Leadership Transition Committee for this purpose.  

While the Board believes each member brings a unique understanding of St. Peter's Hospital, the community's health needs, and valuable expertise to this process, the Board also believes this process will be strengthened with the addition of some outside perspectives. Individuals appointed to this committee bring a history of patient advocacy and demonstrated ability to successfully guide organizations through periods of significant change. 

The members of this committee include board members, physicians, hospital staff, and non-board community leaders.

The Leadership Transition Committee members are:   

  • Dewey Bruce, Board Member
  • Mary Caferro, Community Representative
  • John Galt, MD, FACS, Board Member & Medical Staff, Vice Chair of Leadership Transition Committee
  • Andy Gilbert, MD, Medical Staff
  • William Gallea, MD, Medical Staff
  • Karen Hicks, Board Member
  • Drew Malany, MD, Board Member & Medical Staff
  • Heather O'Hara, RN, MSN, Vice President of Nursing
  • Mick Robinson, Board Member
  • Michelle Rush, MBA, CPHRM, CHC, Patient Safety/Risk Management Officer 
  • Mark Taylor, Board Chair, Chair of Leadership Transition Committee
  • Jim Utterback, Community Representative

This committee will seek input from additional members from the community, medical staff and hospital staff to gain as wide and diverse perspectives as possible.

This Will Not Be A Traditional Search Committee 
The Board of Directors wants to ensure that St. Peter's is equipped to navigate the significant change underway in the healthcare industry. This special committee will first investigate existing management models in the industry and how they address these new dynamics. The committee will gather information on the leadership implications associated with each model, invite presentations from industry leaders to gain insight into how they structure and manage their organizations, and ultimately report back to the Board with findings and recommendations. 

The Leadership Transition Committee had its first meeting on Friday, January 29, 2016. The committee has begun reaching out to a number of regional and national entities to provide informational presentations over the coming weeks.

The vision remains to make St. Peter's the best place in the region to receive care, to practice medicine, and to work. The Board is committed to leading a thoughtful and thorough process to help establish the next chapter of leadership for St. Peter's.

The Road Ahead
Continued information will be posted to this page as the search progresses. Please check back for updates

We welcome your feedback regarding the future of St. Peter's Hospital.  Please email us at ltc@stpetes.org with your suggestions or thoughts, or submit your input by mail at: 

St. Peter's Hospital
ATTN: Leadership Transition Committee
2475 Broadway
Helena, MT 59601

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