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Johnson to leave SLVRMC

Posted: Friday, Apr 26th, 2013


Russ Johnson


ALAMOSA — After more than 12 years serving as CEO for SLV Regional Medical Center, Russ Johnson will be leaving his role.

He has accepted a position with Centura Health as Senior Vice President for Network Development. Although he and his family will move to Denver this summer, Johnson states, “I am excited that in this new role I will maintain contact with SLVRMC and Conejos County Hospital, who are already affiliates of the system.”

Under his leadership, and with the support of the Board of Trustees, Johnson’s vision has brought significant expansion of health services and infrastructure for SLVRMC. In 2002, SLVRMC integrated with Conejos County Hospital and brought the former SLV Medical PC under its umbrella of services.

Most recently, the hospital added the Monte Vista Medical Clinic to expand services to the western valley. With the addition of these practices, the hospital went from employing four ER physicians to now employing more than 60 primary and specialty care providers. The workforce at SLVRMC currently stands at nearly 540 employees.

As part of its growing service lines there was a need to increase the infrastructure to support it. In 2005, a new 3 story medical office building on the hospital campus was constructed along with new outpatient surgery areas and a much needed facelift for the facility.

In 2007, continued growth led to the purchase of the former SLV Medical PC building on Stuart Ave. and additional properties around the hospital were purchased ensuring the hospital campus could expand as needed well into the future.

The hospital has also dramatically enhanced its technology in clinical areas and with an electronic health record.

Chairman for the Board of Trustees Jan Gay states, “When Russ came to the Valley, SLVRMC was a small local hospital with the typical services that go along with that. In the 12 years he’s been here, we’ve become a comprehensive healthcare organization integrated with our physician and midlevel providers. We are proud of the achievements under his leadership and will miss his incredible strategic vision and energy.”

In a letter to SLVRMC staff, Johnson relates that the last 12 years have been “a tremendous experience.” He and his wife Isabel raised their two children in Alamosa and have both become an active part of this community; he notes that the experience has enriched their lives. Johnson attributes his success to the “hospital staff and the care they provide to patients and in hundreds of ways every day.”

He relays, “It has been an honor to serve the Board of Trustees, medical staff, and employees of this organization. I leave with the deepest appreciation for the important work they do and I know they will continue to do for years to come.”

“Developing an integrated delivery network that includes our affiliate partners ensures the greatest health care value to the communities we serve,” said Gary Campbell, president and CEO, Centura Health. “Russ has been a key partner in the development of Centura Health’s rural affiliate network, and we look forward to him joining the Centura Health family to further strengthen our position as the industry leader in Colorado and Kansas.”

Johnson will remain at SLVRMC through the end of June to help with the transition and will begin his work with Centura Health on July 1.












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