Latest News – January 19
QHR Extends Search For Best CEO Candidate
St. Vincent Hospital’s (SVH) Board of Directors announces that Quorum Health Resources (QHR) Regional Vice President, Mike Mullins, notified the Board that the current candidate for CEO, Dan Reiner, has been taken out of consideration. Subsequently, Reiner will not be reporting to St. Vincent Hospital as CEO.
The final SVH Board vote on Reiner’s employment was to take place at the regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24. As part of the ongoing search, QHR is continuing to identify and present qualified candidates to Board Members; in a process previously followed, selected candidates will interview individually with board members, hospital executives and community members. While the search for a qualified CEO continues, Rhonda Duncan will remain as the hospital’s interim CEO.
Hospital Hires New Doctor for Medical Clinic
St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) has announced the recent hiring of Dr. Gary Petry to the staff of the Leadville Medical Clinic. Dr Petry is in the process of moving to Leadville from Junction City, Kansas and will officially start on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
“The decision to hire Dr. Petry grew from recognizing a need in the community for more Family Practice physicians and finding the right person to compliment our current Medical Staff,” said Rhonda Duncan, Interim CEO for the hospital.
Early in his career, Dr. Petry fulfilled his desire to care for animals as a veterinarian in Kansas. He then pursued his medical degree at Kansas University of Medicine from 1994 to 1998. His residency followed at Smokey Hill Family Practice in Salina, Kan. where he specialized in Rural Family Medicine.
In 2001, Dr. Petry was employed by Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas as a family practice physician, working in both areas of inpatient and outpatient care. Since 2008, Dr. Petry has been working in the emergency department at the same hospital.
“I am moving to Leadville because of my hobbies and my enthusiasm for mountain recreation. I have vacationed regularly in Lake County,” said Petry. “At the same time, I am committed to quality rural healthcare and don’t believe ‘rural healthcare’ means ‘less healthcare”, he added.
When asked what concerns him about health issues Petry replied, “the epidemic of obesity, childhood obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, these concern me greatly. I look forward to working with St. Vincent Hospital, and my new colleagues at the clinic to promote better health for Lake County.”
St. Vincent Hospital Leadville Medical Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m. When Dr. Petry arrives the hours will be extended until 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays to better serve patients that work out of town.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Petry you may do so now by calling 719-486-1264.