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The Board of Directors of Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau announced the final three candidates in its search for a Chief Executive Officer.
BRH selects finalists for CEO 062012 BUSINESS 1 Capital City Weekly The Board of Directors of Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau announced the final three candidates in its search for a Chief Executive Officer.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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BRH selects finalists for CEO

The Board of Directors of Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau announced the final three candidates in its search for a Chief Executive Officer.

Christine Harff, currently CEO at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, Minn.; William Comer, currently senior vice president, operations, Hospital Division at Nueterra Healthcare in Kansas City, Kan.; and Elizabeth Woodyard, currently CEO at Petersburg Medical Center, Petersburg, Alaska, were named in an announcement to the hospital staff and medical staff.

Harff serves in a 25-bed critical access hospital and an affiliate of Sanford Health. The facility also has a 10-bed inpatient behavioral health unit and two outpatient clinics, including specialties of ear/nose/throat, orthopedics, general and vascular surgery, OB/GYN, podiatry, optometry, psychiatry and psychology.

Comer, working with Nueterra, which is an investor owned healthcare corporation that owns and manages 30 acute care and surgical hospitals and over 70 ambulatory surgery centers, many of them the sole provider in rural communities.

Woodyard, working with Petersburg, serves a population of about 3,000. The hospital is owned by the City of Petersburg, and governed by an elected board of seven. PMC is a designated critical access hospital, licensed for a total of 27 beds.

Bartlett Regional Hospital's Board of Directors conducted an extensive search process to hire a new CEO. The board tasked the sitting Management Transition Committee, consisting of Kristen Bomengen, Linda Thomas, Reed Reynolds, Bob Storer and Dr. Anne Standerwick to undertake the project. The executive search firm of Quick Leonard Kieffer International (QLK) was selected in March and immediately began an extensive search process.

QLK generated an initial list of more than 500 CEOs/COOs of similar sized organizations in Alaska and the Lower 48 states, starting in the western part of the country and moving east from there. The list was narrowed down to 24 resumes and QLK conducted face-to-face interviews with 14 potential candidates. This process resulted in nine candidates who were submitted to the Management Transition Committee.

These nine candidates were screened by the committee and other members of the board on May 16. Six were selected to visit Bartlett on May 29. Due to scheduling considerations, one candidate made the visit on May 25. During these visits, the candidates were interviewed by members of the board, medical staff and hospital staff.

Harff, Comer, and Woodyard will return to Bartlett on June 14, 15 and 16 to participate in the final Assessment Center process. During their visit, they will be interviewed by panels of stakeholders (the board, medical staff leadership, Bartlett senior leaders [including interims], staff, government representatives and community leaders). The candidates will be evaluated on a number of assessment criteria using a City and Borough of Juneau standardized process designed to evaluate specified job related skills and behavior based on a variety of performance simulations.

In addition to the assessment process, they will be given tours of the community and will participate in public social events where they will be introduced to the staff at large and the community of Juneau on June 15 and 16.

Bartlett will post a more detailed schedule as final arrangements are made.

Final selection of Bartlett's new CEO is expected to occur during the last two weeks of June.


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