Ken Leisher, CEO of Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, announced his plans to retire after working more than 40 years in health care. He will continue to guide the organization until May 31, 2013, when he officially retires.
Leisher has discussed the transition to a new CEO with the HRRMC board of directors, and the search process will begin immediately. Human Resources Vice President Barbara Abel will work in tandem with the board and a consultant to coordinate the search for a new chief executive officer.
Since July 2006 when Leisher began his tenure at HRRMC, the hospital has experienced significant growth. In a letter to employees, he credited his predecessor, Nate Olson, with laying the groundwork for the future with his vision for the new hospital.
“As a team, we have taken the organization to the next level,” wrote Leisher. “We have completed and moved into a new state-of-the-art facility, recruited a number of excellent physicians to our medical staff, added new services such as nuclear medicine and digital mammography, and purchased the Buena Vista Health Center. Since 2006, our staff has grown by 47 percent to meet the growing needs of our hospital.”
Leisher said he is confident there will be many qualified applicants for the CEO position, and he will be involved in ensuring that the organization finds the right person who can lead it to new heights and meet the coming challenges in health care.
Before joining HRRMC, Leisher was CEO at Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyo., for three years and CEO of O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, N.Y., for five years. Prior to that, he served for 28 years in the Army Medical Department as a chief operating officer and department administrator, leading organizations from medium-sized group medical practices to the 200-bed Evans Army Community Hospital in Ft. Carson, Colo.
Leisher plans to pursue his passion for fly fishing after he retires. He and his wife, Pat, also intend to travel and spend more time with their son and three grandchildren in Colorado Springs.