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Washakie Medical Center names interim CEO


WORLAND, WY (April 23, 2014) – Banner Health has recruited an interim CEO with an extensive leadership background to serve as an interim leader at Washakie Medical Center. He will begin work in Worland on April 28.

Jay Stallings comes to Worland from Mesa, AZ, where he has served as associate administrator at Banner Desert Medical Center/Cardon Children’s Medical Center since 2003. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty member and executive in residence with the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, the Rural/Metro/Southwest Ambulance, Arizona Region and Tucson Medical Center/Health Partners of Southern Arizona.

Stallings has had direct executive responsibilities for the planning and development of the Banner Desert/Cardon Children’s Medical Center since 2003 with executive responsibility over significant campus infrastructure improvements and the development and expansion of the campus. He has served as the associate administrator representative on the Banner CORE steering committee (orthopedics) and the executive sponsor of the Banner Facilities Discipline Team, made up of the facilities directors and managers of the Banner Medical Centers and Health Clinics. He has been the lead strategist for the Banner Energy Team and co-lead for the development of the Think Green environmental resource management team. Stallings also served as the campus lead for the Master Campus Plan and worked in collaboration with multiple Banner Health system teams and leaders.

He joins Chief Financial Officer Jennifer McMillan and Chief Human Resources Officer Leissa Wright on the leadership team at the facility. Jennifer and Leissa have been serving as co-CEOs for the past month.

“During this time of transition, we felt it was important to provide good support for the leadership team in place at the hospital. Jennifer McMillan and Leissa Wright have done an excellent job in their dual role, and I thank them for their hard work,” said Jim Ferando, Banner Health Western Region president. “Recognizing that the two of them were wearing multiple hats, we appreciate that Jay offers skills that will allow him to step in and help with many of the current projects.”

Washakie’s former CEO Margie Molitor resigned from the facility in January. A search is under way for candidates to fill the role on a permanent basis.

The hospital continues discussions with Washakie County regarding the future of Washakie Medical Center. Also last week, it reached an agreement with a group of orthopedic surgeons who will provide orthopedic surgical services at the hospital allowing patients to stay in the community for that care.

Jay is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in German and Political Science. He also received a master’s degree in business/leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a native of southeast Idaho, born in the Snake River Valley community of Rexburg and lived the majority of his youth near Idaho Falls. He worked agriculture throughout his early years in potatoes, alfalfa, grain and sugar beets. In his teens he worked the harvests, moved irrigation pipe and held summer jobs in the sugar factory and in livestock operations. While in college, Jay spent a summer digging and forming concrete irrigation ditches near Worland and Greybull, which was his first experience in the Big Horn Basin.

Washakie Medical Center is a county-owned hospital in Worland, WY, operated by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems with 24 hospitals in seven states. The hospital offers expanding technology to meet the needs of the Big Horn Basin residents. For more information, visit

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