BOZEMAN – Julie Jackson, chair of the Bozeman Health Board of Directors, announced on Nov. 10 the inaugural board of managers for the Big Sky Medical Center. Board members include Board of Managers Chair Taylor Middleton; Loren Bough; Steve Karl, M.D.; Elizabeth Lewis; Renae Schumacher; Kirk Weber, M.D.; and Hans Williamson.
“We are very pleased to have such experienced and committed leaders working with us to ensure the success of our new medical center,” Jackson said. “Their willingness to serve is a testament to their deep connection to the community, and advancing healthcare for the residents and visitors of Big Sky and southern Gallatin County is a key priority for us all.”
Taylor Middleton, who was Big Sky Resort’s general manager since 1995 and became its president in 2011, is a longtime advocate for the medical center, and has worked with the Bozeman Health leadership for many years on this initiative. A full-time resident of Big Sky for 35 years, Middleton was presented the Chet Huntley Lifetime Achievement Award in July.
Loren Bough was raised farming and ranching in Highwood, Mont. Upon completion of his degree at Harvard, he worked as a trader in New York City; London, England; and Moscow, Russia. Since moving to Big Sky in 2004, Bough and his wife Jill have focused on local educational and philanthropic issues.
Stephen Karl, M.D., has visited Big Sky since the early 1990s. His professional experience includes starting pediatric surgery programs at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth Medical School and at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. His family’s love of skiing frequently brought them to Big Sky, where they have had a residence since 2001.
Elizabeth S. Lewis RN, MSN, JD, is the chief operating officer for Bozeman Health and is an executive dyad partner with the chief medical officer providing executive leadership and oversight for BSMC operations and clinical quality. Lewis has held various leadership roles at Bozeman Health since 1992, including vice president of clinical services, vice president of support services, and chief legal officer. She earned a doctor of jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore.
Renae Schumacher moved from Sturgis, S.D., to Big Sky in 1993 where she began working at the Big Sky Conoco and soon thereafter became its owner. She has been an active community participant and business leader and has served on various community boards throughout the years. Renae and her husband, Steve, enjoy raising their three teenage boys while skiing, hiking, biking and taking full advantage of this spectacular place.
Kirk E. Weber, M.D., FACEP, has recently joined the Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center as an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Weber is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and previously practiced emergency medicine in Hawaii, where he was emergency department vice chair at Hilo Medical Center. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. Weber earned his M.D. at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
Hans Williamson is vice president of operations and general manager at the Yellowstone Club. Williamson leads the Yellowstone Club operations team, including 1,100 team members in the winter and 425 team members in the summer. He graduated from Cornell University in 1983 with a bachelor’s in hotel administration. Williamson lives in Big Sky with his wife, Kim, and their two sons.