Good Shepherd Health Care System Hires New Chief Operating Officer

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After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston, Ore., has hired Jim Schlenker as chief operating officer. A veteran healthcare executive with over 25 years of leadership experience, Schlenker will assume his new duties on March 1st.

Jim Schlenker, COO at Good Shepherd Health Care System

Good Shepherd Health Care System hires Jim Schlenker as COO.

Jim brings strong financial and operational expertise as well as a thorough understanding of rural healthcare challenges and a proven track record of leading organizational growth while building collaborative relationships with staff and the community.

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston, Ore., has hired Jim Schlenker as chief operating officer. A veteran healthcare executive with over 25 years of leadership experience, Schlenker will assume his new duties on March 1st.

“Jim brings strong financial and operational expertise as well as a thorough understanding of rural healthcare challenges and a proven track record of leading organizational growth while building strong collaborative relationships with executives, physicians, staff and the community,” said Dennis Burke, president and chief executive officer at Good Shepherd Health Care System. “We welcome Jim as a member of the executive team and know his leadership will position the system to better serve our patients and the community.”

Formerly, Schlenker served as interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer for St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ore. As interim CEO, he oversaw the development and transition to a new state-of-the-art hospital. Prior to this role, Schlenker was CFO at Sunnyside Community Hospital in Sunnyside, Wash.

“Good Shepherd was seeking a dynamic healthcare executive to ensure the hospital continues to deliver high-quality patient care,” said Laura Musfeldt, vice president of senior executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide COO search for Good Shepherd Health Care System. “Jim’s experience and leadership style were the perfect fit.”

Schlenker earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

About Good Shepherd Health Care System:
Since 1954, Good Shepherd Health Care System has played a major role in meeting the medical needs of residents in Northeast Oregon. Good Shepherd Medical Center employs more than 500 staff, including over 40 physicians. The not-for-profit community hospital offers a wide array of medical and surgical services, including a Level 3 trauma center. The system also includes Vange John Memorial Hospice, Good Shepherd Clinic Pharmacy, Good Shepherd Medical Group, Home Health & Home Medical Equipment and Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation. For more information, please visit http://gshcs.net.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare executive search firm and the top-ranked provider of senior-level leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Advisory Services. Veteran healthcare recruiters and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smith’s proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 900 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques, association partnerships, social networking and one of the largest databases of skilled senior-level healthcare executives in the industry to deliver immediate results in today’s complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit BESmith.com or call 855-254-8261.

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