is new president at SMH/CVH
A veteran hospital leader with a strong background in Catholic health care has been named President of St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics.
Essentia Health CEO Peter E. Person, MD, and Dan Davis, Chair of St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics, announced Patrick J. Branco’s appointment this week. His official start date is August 19, 2013.
Branco currently serves as Regional CEO and Chief Mission Officer for Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan, Alaska. He has 15 years of CEO experience, including five as CEO for Divine Providence Health Center, Avera, in Ivanhoe, Minnesota. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Navy, from which he retired in 1995.
Branco was chosen by the board that included Benedictine Sisters, community members and physicians. Davis, who served as chair of the search committee, says Branco’s experience in Catholic health care, his strategic focus and his demonstrated track record of building successful teams will make him a great fit for SMCV.
Branco also has experience in physician relations, quality outcomes, fundraising, financial performance, and operations management. He is committed to working within a culture of mutual respect and care. His current employer, KMC, was identified as one of the 2011 National Rural Health Association Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in America, achieving a ranking of sixth in the nation by Hospital Strength Index.
Branco holds an MHA in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in Health Services from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Pat and his wife Vicki have two sons and six grandchildren.