Showing all Releases for January 2012

  • Stormont Vail Health Announces new President & CEO

    Tuesday January 24, 2012

    Topeka, KS (10 a.m., January 24, 2012) – SueAnn Schultz, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Stormont Vail HealthCare announced today that Randall L. Peterson will become the health care system’s next President and CEO.  Peterson will replace retiring President and CEO Maynard Oliverius on or about June 1, 2012. 

    Schultz continued, “The Board is extremely pleased to make this announcement.  Bringing someone to the helm with Peterson’s unique set of leadership skills, his knowledge of rural and urban health care in Kansas and a history of building relationships with doctors is perfect for Stormont Vail.  Peterson will continue the culture of partnering with doctors led by Maynard Oliverius for nearly two decades”.

    Peterson, who comes to the CEO position with nearly 25 years of executive leadership experience said, “I am proud to join and lead the highly experienced team at Stormont Vail.  The Stormont Vail and Cotton O’Neil merger was on the forefront of hospital physician integration in America.  Stormont Vail has become a national model for how to partner with physicians.  I look forward to building on that reputation.”

    “I have known Randy for several years.  He certainly understands our organization and will very quickly gain the trust and respect of our employed physicians,” said Kent Palmberg, MD, Stormont Vail HealthCare senior vice president and Chief Medical Officer.

    Oliverius who is retiring June 30, 2012 after serving 43 years at Stormont Vail, including 15 years as President and CEO said, “I am very pleased and excited about the selection of Randy as our next President and CEO.  He has been a friend and colleague for 25 years. There is no one in America that has a stronger resume or is more qualified to do this job than Randy. His knowledge of healthcare, the Kansas environment and his experience networking with hospitals and doctors makes him a perfect fit for Stormont Vail and our culture.”

    Peterson comes to Stormont Vail from Via Christi Health in Wichita. There he served the multi-hospital system with more than 10,000 employees for five years. He is currently Senior Vice President of Via Christi Hospitals which includes the Via Christi Hospital on North St. Francis in Wichita, the largest hospital in Kansas.  From December, 2010 until September, 2011 he served as Interim President and CEO for Via Christi Health. Prior to his roles at Via Christi he was at Salina Regional Health Center for 20 years, 9 of which was as President and CEO.  There he assisted in the merger of two hospitals and the building of the 17-hospital, Sunflower Health Network.  In addition to his executive experience Peterson has a clinical background as a physical therapist.

    Peterson is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences Administration, Wichita State University; a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Wichita State University; and a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Studies, University of Nebraska.

    Peterson currently serves on the Newman University Board of Directors, the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education Board and Executive Committee, the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Board, the American Hospital Association Region 6 Policy Board and chairs the Health Care Access Improvement Panel, which oversees the Kansas Medicaid Provider Tax program.  He has past service on the board and as chairman of the Kansas Hospital Association, the Kansas Health Ethics Board, the Kansas Arthritis Foundation, the Salina Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Salina and Junction City Rotary Club Boards and as Chair of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

    Peterson’s wife Christi is a marriage and family therapist. The couple has two married daughters, a speech pathologist and a veterinarian; they live in Minnesota and California.                 

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  • Retirement Reception Announced for Stormont Vail Foundation President and Executive Director

    Monday January 16, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., Jan. 16, 2012) – As announced last week, Don Schepker, Stormont Vail Foundation, President and Executive Director, will retire on February 3. Schepker will be honored at a retirement reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 1 in the Stormont Vail Administration area. The reception is open to the community.

    Schepker has served as President and Executive Director of the Stormont Vail Foundation since April 2005. “Don has led the Foundation through a successful seven years and we will miss his leadership and vision,” said Kevin Cassidy, Chairman of the Stormont Vail Foundation Board of Trustees.

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  • Stormont Vail Health to host Career Discovery Day

    Thursday January 12, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., Jan. 12, 2012) – Stormont Vail HealthCare will be hosting forty-seven area middle and high school students for a Career Discovery Day. Representatives from Stormont Vail, Cotton O’Neil Clinic, Baker School of Nursing and Life Star will talk with students about career opportunities. Some of the areas providing hands-on information include The Birthplace, Surgery, Emergency and Trauma, Medical Imaging, Dietetics and Occupational and Physical Therapy. The media is invited to attend this event:

    Monday, January 16, 2012
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Stormont Vail Health
    Pozez Education Center
    1505 S.W. 8th Ave., Topeka, Kan.

    If you would like to cover this event, contact Nancy Burkhardt, director of marketing, for security clearance and parking instructions. Contact information is listed above.

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