March 8, 2011
GREAT BEND, KS – The transformation from Central Kansas Medical Center to St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center continues to move forward today with the Board of Directors approval of a single, state-wide leadership structure for Catholic Health Initiatives operations in Kansas with Scott J. Taylor as President and CEO of CHI Kansas.
Taylor currently serves as President and CEO for St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, a 132-bed acute care facility along with an extensive multi-specialty physician group with presence in Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, Ulysses, and Scott City. Having served in this role since June 2005, Taylor will now oversee operations throughout Kansas. Taylor will continue to reside in Garden City, Kansas.
“I am honored and excited to be associated with St. Rose and Great Bend. I have a deep affection for the legacy of the Dominican Sisters in Kansas, and the ministry of Catholic Health Initiatives which they helped create. I also look forward to working with the St. Rose Board of Directors toward the creation of a new structure and ministry in Great Bend,” Taylor said.
“The Board of Directors of St. Catherine Hospital congratulates Mr. Taylor and looks forward to being a part of an initiative to improve the health of communities in and around Great Bend,” said Michael Shull, D.O., St. Catherine Hospital Board Chairman.
One of the first duties that Taylor will embark upon at St. Rose will be the selection of a full-time Administrator for St. Rose. The St. Rose 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 sixty days,” Taylor stated. A single, state-wide organizational structure will be established that provides local executive oversight dedicated to each facility while at the same time leveraging leadership talent and staff expertise across the enterprise.
Both St. Rose and St. Catherine will continue to be governed by their local Board of Directors. Taylor stated he plans to work very closely with the St. Rose board of directors in the selection of the St. Rose Administrator and other key leadership positions.
Taylor will assume his role on May 16th. Until that time the current interim leadership team will continue to lead the transformation, with Taylor playing a consulting role with the Board, Medical Staff and the St. Rose leadership team.
“The CKMC Board of Directors is excited about Scott’s role in St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center and look forward to working with him on completing the new organizational structure in the upcoming weeks. Scott will bring energy and strategic focus for St. Rose as we move forward,” said Ron Vratil, CKMC Board Chairman.