Hospital CEO tapped for statewide role

3/9/2011

Taylor named CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives in Kansas.

Taylor named CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives in Kansas.

By DEREK THOMPSON

dthompson@gctelegram.com

Scott Taylor, CEO and president of St. Catherine Hospital, has been tapped to head the Catholic Health Initiatives in Kansas.

In that role, Taylor will become the CEO and president of the Great Bend-based Central Kansas Medical Center. Taylor will remain in his position in Garden City and will oversee operations for both hospitals.

Taylor, who has served as CEO and president at St. Catherine since 2005, will continue to reside in Garden City and will split his time about 80 percent at Garden City and 20 percent in Great Bend, according to Victor Hawkins, executive director of Business Development at St. Catherine.

Taylor said that the time he spends in Great Bend will not detract from the time he spends in Garden City.

"It will require additional time on my part," Taylor said.

Central Kansas Medical Center currently is in transition from an in-patient care facility to exclusively offering outpatient services. With the new direction comes a new name for the facility, St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The transition allowed for a change in leadership as well, and Taylor said he saw the opportunity as "a challenge I'd like to pursue."

Both the Garden City and Great Bend health care facilities are operated under Catholic Health Initiatives, a national nonprofit health organization headquartered in Denver. Taylor will assume his new role as CEO of CHI Kansas effective May 16.

One of the first duties that Taylor will oversee as the CEO of CHI Kansas is the selection of a full-time administrator for St. Rose. The administrator will be the centerpiece of the new organizational structure at St. Rose, leading a team of local executives on a daily basis. "We hope to fill that key position within the next 60 days," Taylor said.

Taylor's dual position is "not a new concept," Hawkins said, noting that similar scenarios are especially common in Nebraska hospitals. Having a single, state-wide organizational structure will "allow for more efficient leadership," Hawkins said.

Both St. Rose and St. Catherine will continue to be governed by their local boards of directors. Taylor stated he plans to work closely with the St. Rose Board of Directors in the selection of the St. Rose administrator and other key leadership positions.

Following the selection of a new administrator, Taylor will provide "executive oversight and strategic goal setting going forward," he said.

Taylor and his wife, Lisa, plan to rent a house or apartment in Great Bend as he splits his time between the two communities.

"I'd like to thank both the boards for the vote of confidence," Taylor said. "I look forward to working with them."

Central Kansas Medical Center is a regional acute care hospital serving a population of 60,000 in the area of Great Bend. Central Kansas Medical Center was founded in 1903 by the Dominican Sisters. The facility's state-of-the-art technologies include a full laparoscopic system, cancer center and fixed-site MRI and CT equipment. Service offerings include rehabilitation, cardio-respiratory, laboratory, imaging and home health and hospice care. Oncology, neurology, pulmonology, cardiology, and nephrology outpatient clinics are available at Central Kansas Medical Center.

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