Coquille Valley Hospital Hires New Chief Executive Officer

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After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Coquille Valley Hospital in Coquille, Ore., has hired Karen Lautermilch as chief executive officer. A skilled healthcare executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience, Lautermilch will assume her new duties on Aug. 3.

Karen Lautermilch, New CEO at Coquille Valley Hospital

Karen Lautermilch, New CEO at Coquille Valley Hospital

Karen brings extensive clinical and operational expertise, as well as a successful track record leading community hospitals. We are excited to have an executive with her proven background leading our hospital and staff.

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Coquille Valley Hospital in Coquille, Ore., has hired Karen Lautermilch as chief executive officer. A skilled healthcare executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience, Lautermilch will assume her new duties on Aug. 3.

“Karen brings extensive clinical and operational expertise, as well as a successful track record leading community hospitals. We are excited to have an executive with her proven background leading our hospital and staff,” said Dan Mast, chairman of the Coquille Valley Hospital board of directors. “Karen’s collaborative leadership style and dedication to delivering patient-centered care will be a great benefit to the hospital and community.”

Formerly, Lautermilch served as chief executive officer for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in Gallup, N.M. She also served as chief patient officer at Highline Medical Center in Seattle and chief nursing officer at Saint Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wis.

“Coquille Valley Hospital was seeking a strategic healthcare executive committed to high-quality, cost-effective care and building strong partnerships with physicians and the community,” said Kathy Noland, vice president of senior executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide CEO search for Coquille Valley Hospital. “Karen’s experience and leadership style were the perfect fit.”

Lautermilch earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. She also holds a Master of Nursing from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan.

About Coquille Valley Hospital:
Coquille Valley Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare services to residents of the Coquille River Valley, caring for a population of approximately 14,000. A designated Critical Access Hospital with a Level IV Trauma Certification, it offers a wide range of service includes 24-hour emergency, medical and surgical care. For more information, visit http://www.cvhospital.org.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare executive search firm and one of the top-ranked providers 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 1,000 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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