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Bozeman Deaconess announces new president and CEO



Bozeman Deaconess Health Services

BOZEMAN – Bozeman Deaconess Health Services announced in mid-February Kevin Pitzer will be its new president and chief executive officer. The BDHS Board of Trustees selected Pizter after a nationwide search.

“Throughout the interview process, Kevin displayed a keen knowledge of the health care industry, and importantly, a firm grasp of and firsthand experience with the coordinated, collaborative care models that will be driving the future of health care delivery,” said BDHS board chairman Terry Cunningham.

Pitzer has more than 25 years of senior healthcare leadership experience. Most recently, he was a Senior Vice President of Essentia Health and Chief Administrative Officer of the Essentia Health-West Region, which serves eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. In that role, Pitzer was responsible for all operations of Essentia Health-West Region’s integrated health system of 250 employed physicians and providers, 3,400 employees, five hospitals and 34 clinics.

Pizer called the opportunities and challenges facing the country’s healthcare systems “exciting and daunting,” adding that the BDHS board and leadership “have been strategic and visionary in their past and current initiatives.”

His experience working jointly with physicians will benefit BDHS, according to Rob Blake, MD, Chief of BDHS Medical Staff.

“Kevin has a great history of working collaboratively with physicians,” Blake said. “He has the gear to take Bozeman Deaconess into the future and I look forward to working with him.”

Pitzer succeeds Gordon Davidson, BDHS Interim CEO and Chief Financial Officer. Davidson has been with BDHS for 30 years, and will retain his position as CFO.

Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is a nonprofit organization responsible for the operations of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Bozeman Deaconess Health Group, Hillcrest Senior Living and Highland Park Medical Campus and is governed by a community board of trustees. Pitzer starts in his new position on or before April 15.

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