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CEO to leave SRM to assume new position within Banner Health


STERLING, Colo. (March 14, 2012) – Michelle Joy, chief executive officer (CEO) for Sterling Regional MedCenter , will leave that position effective Monday, April 16, to assume a senior leadership role in another Banner Health facility in Colorado, announced Jim Ferando, Banner Health’s Western Region president.

The CEO role will be assumed by another member of Banner Health’s facility senior leadership team in northern Colorado.

Joy is leaving Sterling to become an associate administrator at North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) in Greeley, a 398-licensed bed regional hospital operated by Banner Health.

Julie Klein, who currently serves as an associate administrator at NCMC and interim CEO at Banner Health’s Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, Neb., will assume the CEO role at Sterling.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments the Sterling Regional MedCenter team has made over the last four years in improving access and advancing the quality of care for northeastern Colorado,” said Joy, who assumed the role of CEO in Sterling in November 2007. “The community is very fortunate to have such a qualified and experienced group of health care providers. It has been an honor to work with them all.

“I am so pleased that Julie has accepted the CEO position at SRM,” Joy added. “She brings a strong background of health care leadership experience, most recently as Interim CEO at Ogallala Community Hospital, and is the right leader for Sterling Regional MedCenter in the future. I look forward to working with Julie and SRM in my new role at NCMC.”

Klein says she is eager to join the SRM team and become acquainted with the Sterling community. “I am excited to have the opportunity to become CEO at Sterling Regional MedCenter and work with a group so dedicated to providing excellent patient care,” she said. “I also look forward to becoming a part of the Sterling community and meeting its residents.”

Before assuming the role of associate administrator at NCMC in April 2010, Klein served in several clinical leadership roles at the hospital including: service line director of Neurosciences and Orthopedics: operational director of Physical Medicine, the Sleep Lab, and Neurodiagnostics; and director of Emergency Services, Neurodiagnostics and Pediatrics. Before joining the team at NCMC, she held nursing leadership and staff roles at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheatridge, Colo. and Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. She has served as interim CEO in Ogallala since last August.

She received her bachelor in science of nursing from Kaplan University and is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration from Kaplan. Klein has been active in a number of health care and community organizations over the years. She and her husband, Rich, have three sons.


About Sterling Regional MedCenter
Sterling Regional MedCenter, located in northeast Colorado, is a 25-bed acute-care hospital with state-of-the-art technology and a full range of health care services. SRM is home to the David Walsh Cancer Center, which offers an unprecedented level of cancer care to northeastern Colorado residents. SRM also offers leading-edge technology such as eICU, a new 1.5 Magnet MRI, digital mammography, and a 16-slice CT scan.

About Banner Health
Phoenix-based Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health facilities are located in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. To learn more about Banner Health, go to

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