St. Peter’s Hospital Names Wade Johnson President and CEO

HELENA, Mont., June 12, 2017 – St. Peter’s Hospital today announced the appointment of Wade Johnson, MS, MBA, FACHE as the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective July 31, 2017. Mr. Johnson will succeed Interim CEO Fred Olson, who has served since June 1, 2016 and was instrumental in the Leadership Transition Committee’s efforts to ensure a smooth and effective transition to permanent leadership.

With more than 15 years of experience in health care leadership, Johnson brings a proven track record of increasing patient, physician and employee satisfaction within health care organizations. He is currently the CEO of Valor Health in Emmett, Idaho, where he oversees a critical access hospital, multi-specialty medical group and several ambulatory clinics that provide specialty and primary care throughout the community. At Valor, he implemented a growth plan attracting 12 new physicians to the region and increasing the community’s access to health care.

Prior to Valor Health, Johnson served as President and CEO for Pen Bay Healthcare in Rockport, Maine and Weiser Memorial Hospital in Weiser, Idaho. At Pen Bay, a community health care system with a 99-bed acute care hospital and more than 1,700 employees, he developed and launched Excellence Always, a patient satisfaction initiative which doubled the level of patient satisfaction. His accomplishments at Weiser Memorial Hospital include year-over-year improvements on hospital-wide quality indicators and a 30 percent increase in patient satisfaction scores.

“We are thrilled to welcome Wade as the new CEO of St. Peter’s – our staff and physicians really responded to his leadership, passion and energy,” said Board Chair Mark Taylor. “We’re so thankful to Dr. Olson for stepping in during this transition period, and he’s done a tremendous job building a foundational strategy and management team that will carry St. Peter’s forward. With Wade at the helm, I’m confident we’ll provide high quality care and improve the health and well-being of our community.”

As President and CEO, Johnson will lead St. Peter’s team of staff and providers in the continued implementation of a new set of strategic initiatives developed by the Board of Directors in 2017:
· Restructuring the governance and operating model to incorporate clinical leadership;
· Increasing local access to health care and reducing wait times for appointments with the addition of more than thirty new physicians;
· Elevating the commitment to quality health care and an improved patient experience;
· Evaluating and implementing a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system;
· Improving communication with internal and external constituencies;
· Investing in the development of new programs and facilities to expand the health care services offered in Helena;
· Aligning the work of the St. Peter’s Foundation with the most critical program and service needs.

“I am excited to join St. Peter’s, and my family and I look forward to becoming a part of the Helena community,” said Johnson. “I feel a strong obligation to champion efforts that will build organizational pride among our medical staff and employees, and I believe this will ultimately translate into an elevated level of service to the community.”

Johnson earned his Master of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, Master of Science in Medical Science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eastern Washington University. He has achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified change management facilitator.

Johnson was selected from among three finalists who interviewed with the Board of Directors and members of administrative and clinical leadership in late May. The nationwide search process was led by the CEO Search Committee, which was established by the Board of Directors and comprised of eleven individuals representing the Board, community, employees and medical staff. St. Peter’s Hospital contracted with national executive search firm BE Smith to recruit and screen more than 150 candidates for the position.

About St. Peter’s
St. Peter’s is a system of health care services including a 123-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, cancer treatment center, behavioral health unit, urgent care clinics, home health and hospice care, dialysis center and ambulance services. St. Peter’s serves the Helena region and southwest Montana counties of Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson, Meagher and Powell, with a combined population of approximately 97,000 residents. The mission of St. Peter’s is to partner with patients, the community and medical staff to provide exceptional and compassionate healthcare. For more information, visit stpetes.org.