East Morgan County Hospital CEO announces resignation; CFO to serve in interim role
BRUSH, Colo. (June 23, 2011) – Gavin Carmichael will leave his role as chief executive officer of East Morgan County Hospital on July 8 to become chief operating officer of Providence Physician Services Organization in Anchorage, Alaska.
Carmichael stated this move was a difficult decision for him and his wife, Dawn. "We love Morgan County and particularly the Brush community. I am so very proud of the friendships and professionalism of the staff at East Morgan County Hospital and Clinics.
"EMCH and clinics are truly high performing organizations with superior quality outcomes, excellent physicians and staff, sound financial performance, and truly a vital part of Morgan County,” said Carmichael.
“Although we are saddened by Gavin’s departure, we are excited that he will have an opportunity to continue growing his health care career with a solid organization,” said Jim Ferando, president of Banner Health’s Western Region.
“We want to thank Gavin for five years of strong performance as a senior facility leader at three Banner hospitals and especially his most recent contributions at East Morgan County Hospital.”
Prior to his arrival in Brush, Carmichael served as CEO of Banner’s Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyo., and as associate administrator at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.
While serving as CEO at East Morgan County Hospital, Carmichael led his team through the construction and fundraising process for the new $3.5 million surgery suite and renovation project, recruited several physicians, built a strong leadership team, and ensured EMCH achieved solid clinical quality and financial outcomes.
Carmichael reflected that this decision was difficult not only for the fantastic relationship with EMCH and Clinic staff; but also his wife Dawn has been an integral part of the community. Dawn and Gavin own Willow, Coffee Tea and Smoothies; a coffee shop known for high quality drinks and food sales in Brush. Carmichael also reflected they are selling the coffee business in effort to sustain the growth opportunity for someone here in the community. Dawn was also active in many community events and organizations including the Brush Rodeo event and celebration, and other smaller events throughout Morgan County.
To ensure a smooth transition, Ferando said he has appointed Linda Thorpe, who currently serves as the chief financial officer (CFO) at EMCH, to serve as interim CEO effective Monday, July 12.
“Linda is a respected executive leader at Banner and has nearly 20 years of healthcare experience,” Ferando said. “I am confident she will provide the right leadership and stability as we undertake the search for a new CEO.”