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NHCH names new CEO; effective April 15



The Board of Directors of North Hawaii Community Hospital has unanimously selected John White as the next Chief Executive Officer of the hospital effective April 15. Ron Vigus has served as interim CEO of the hospital since July and will continue in that capacity until White can assume the duties of CEO.

“Finding the right CEO to lead our hospital has been a top goal for the new board. We were committed to hiring a leader who embraces the mission of the hospital and can help us re-establish a trusting and open relationship with the staff, the physicians, and the overall community”, said Bob Momsen, president of the board. “After an exhaustive interview process of the candidates by the board of directors, the medical staff, the management team and community leaders, the Board is very confident that we have identified the right person to lead NHCH.”

White is presently the CEO of Samaritan Healthcare, a 50-bed acute care hospital in eastern Washington State. 

Prior to joining Samaritan in 2004, White spent 10 years as the CEO of Newport Community Hospital, a 24-bed acute care facility in Newport, Wash. White graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor of arts in business administration and from the University of Washington with a masters in health care administration.

During his tenure at Samaritan, White led a turnaround in quality ratings and financial results. Today, Samaritan enjoys some of the highest quality ratings on any hospital in Washington State and is now producing more than a 3 percent operating margin. 

In addition to serving as the CEO of Samaritan Healthcare, White has held leadership roles in the Washington State Hospital Association and has been an effective advocate for rural hospitals and physicians at the state and federal levels.

“I’m very honored to have been selected as North Hawaii Community Hospital’s next CEO. I’ve followed the hospital for many years and look forward to working with staff and physicians committed to healing both body and soul,” White said.

Dr. John Dawson, Vice President of the Board said White’s addition is key.

“We are turning the page on last year’s turmoil and looking forward to improving and expanding the services we provide to our North Hawaii community,” Dawson said.

North Hawaii Community Hospital, which was ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Hawaii and among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation among all hospitals reporting in the 2007 Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, is a 40-bed, full-service, acute-care medical center located in Waimea. It is ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the entire United States that patients would recommend. 

The community-owned, non-profit hospital is managed by Quorum Health Resources. It opened in May 1996 and serves the residents and visitors of the Big Island.

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