Central Peninsula Hospital Hires New CEO

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Upon completing a thorough nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, has hired Richard Davis to fill the role of chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience, Davis will immediately assume his new duties at Central Peninsula.

Rick is a collaborative and visionary leader who brings proven success leading strong quality, financial and operational outcomes in healthcare organizations.

Upon completing a thorough nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, has hired Richard Davis to fill the role of chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience, Davis will immediately assume his new duties at Central Peninsula.

“Rick is a collaborative and visionary leader who brings proven success leading strong quality, financial and operational outcomes in healthcare organizations,” said Lore Weimer, chairman of the board for Central Peninsula Hospital. “His skills will be invaluable as Central Peninsula continues to enhance the patient experience and service delivery in the current and future environment of healthcare reform.”

Davis joined Central Peninsula Hospital as chief operating officer in August 2011. During his short tenure he has displayed exceptional leadership skills, executing clinical integration and operational improvements. Davis has a proven track record in the Alaska healthcare landscape, serving in leadership roles at Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Over his executive tenure Davis built and led profitable new programs and recruited more than 50 physicians.

“Central Peninsula needed a skilled leader with the ability to establish collaborative relationships in providing comprehensive, patient-centric services to meet the healthcare needs of the community,” according to Dr. Kathy Noland, vice president of senior executive search for B. E. Smith, the leadership solutions firm who conducted the nationwide CEO search for Central Peninsula. “Rick’s team-building ability and experience aligning a medical staff comprised of independent and employed physicians was a perfect fit for their needs.”

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Alaska Statewide Trauma System Review Committee.

Located on the Kenai Peninsula, Central Peninsula Hospital offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care, surgical services, imaging, laboratory, physical therapy, behavioral health, a birth center, a sleep center and diabetes education. The hospital also offers greater access to primary and specialty services through a wide network of employed physician practices.

About Central Peninsula Hospital:
Central Peninsula Hospital is a community-owned, not-for-profit, acute care hospital based in Soldotna, Alaska. Dedicated to offering the highest quality, patient-centered care in a healing environment, Central Peninsula’s medical staff includes more than 85 physicians and 28 allied health providers. The hospital recently completed a state-of-the-art renovation project that expanded facilities for private patient rooms, surgery, labor and delivery, emergency care, outpatient services, imaging, laboratory and physical therapy. To learn more, visit http://www.cpgh.org.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service leadership solutions firm for healthcare providers. B. E. Smith’s comprehensive suite of services includes Interim Healthcare Leadership, Permanent Executive Placements and Consulting Solutions. The company is comprised of veteran healthcare leaders who partner with each client to create solutions that uniquely fit their needs. B. E. Smith, the No. 1 ranked executive search firm by Modern Healthcare, maintains one of the largest databases of skilled healthcare leadership and interim executive candidates in the industry and recently placed more than 600 total leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.BESmith.com or call 877-802-4593.

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