hospital CEO to arrive Monday
Up until recently Patrick Branco was the Regional CEO and Chief Mission Officer at PeaceHealth, Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan, Alaska. After a nationwide search performed by Essentia Health Mr. Branco was selected to fill the CEO position that has been handled in the Interim by St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics CFO, Lenne Bonner. His first day will be Monday, August 19th.
“I have heard of and respect the Essentia Health System and when I saw the opportunity in Idaho, I was immediately intrigued and wanted to learn more about it. Once the interview process began and I was able to meet the people on the staff of the hospitals and clinics and the communities we serve, I was certain that this was the right fit for me and my wife,” says Branco.
Branco is very excited to get started at CVHC/SMH and says that his favorite part about being the CEO of a hospital is helping others to achieve their full potential. “I like to see individuals become the hero of their own lives. I want employees to do meaningful work with joy and passion and know that they contribute directly to lives entrusted to our care.”
His past experience includes extensive leadership experience in a large academic medical center, a small rural community hospital, and several regional medical centers including more than fifteen years’ experience as a CEO. During this time he gained a thorough understanding of strategic, financial, and human success elements to achieve exceptional results on employee and physician relations, quality outcomes, strategic planning, financial performance, and operations management within a culture of mutual respect and care.
Mr. Branco feels that his hobbies and lifestyle will fit in well with his move to this area. “Outdoors I like to hike, kayak, fish, and hunt. Indoors I enjoy woodworking, collecting, reading, and a couple of unusual arts (Scrimshaw and Pysanky). Scrimshaw is the carving or engraving on ivory and pysanky is better known as Ukranian Easter Egg decorating.” He and his wife have purchased a home in Orofino and Branco has set up his primary office in Cottonwood at SMH in order to have a big presence in both communities.
“We are very excited to have Patrick start with us and feel that his work ethic will be very helpful and encouraging for employees at every level at both CVHC and SMH,” says Lenne Booner, Interim CEO, CFO for both facilities.
“The key principles I live by and expect of others includes a very high degree of integrity; be honest with each other and those we deal with. We are human and we make mistakes, learn from the mistakes and try to never repeat them. Forgive each other quickly. Remember that without doctors and patients there is no purpose for hospitals to exist, give them our respect and attention,” says Branco.
“My wife and I have been married for 38 years this year and are still deeply in love and really like each other! We have two boys with families of their own. Each of our boys have two sons and a daughter. One family lives in San Jose, California and the other lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We just finished the last summer birthday and so the ages of the grandkids are 15, 9, 9, 8, 7, and 6; with the two nine year olds being twins!”