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Smolik resigns as Riverton Memorial Hospital CEO

Feb 14, 2013 - From staff reports

Riverton Memorial Hospital named Steve Erixon as the interim chief executive officer on Jan. 28 while a national search for a permanent CEO began.

Erixon, currently the CEO at Lander Regional Hospital, assumes the top leadership role at RMH on an interim basis following the resignation of Chris Smolik. Don Bivacca, president of the national division of LifePoint Hospitals, of which RMH is a part, said Erixon will fulfill both CEO roles during the interim period.

"Steve has considerable health care management experience and will ensure strong management and leadership during this transition," Bivacca said. "We are fortunate to have Steve ... as we launch an aggressive national search for qualified candidates to fill the top leadership role on a permanent basis."

Bivacca said Erixon came to LRH in April from Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, Minn., where he had served as interim CEO since January 2011. Previously, he was president and CEO of Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, Mo., from 2006 to 2009; president and CEO of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark., from 1998 to 2006; CEO of Memorial Mother Frances Hospital in Palestine, Texas, from 1996 to 1998; and CEO of the Columbia Bay Area Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, from 1993 to 1996. He also was a hospital administrator for the Hospital Corporation of America from 1987 to 1993.

Erixon holds a master of health administration degree from Duke University and a bachelor of arts degree in business economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is board-certified in health care management and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Hospital officials said RMH and LRH have been working toward creating a collaborative environment between the two county hospitals since September. Roger Gose, chairman of the RMH board of trustees, said Erixon's appointment ensures the continuation of that process.

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