Board appoints new chief executive at Valley Hospital

Valley Hospital’s operating board of directors has approved the appointment of George V. Larson as new chief executive.

His contract begins Dec. 1. However, Larson probably will start his new post on the first workday, Monday, Dec. 3, said Elizabeth Ripley, Valley Hospital Association director of community health planning.

The board gave Larson the nod Oct. 26.

Larson will move to Alaska from Wickenburg, Ariz., where he serves as administrator of Wickenburg Regional Medical Center, an 80-bed acute care hospital. He has held similar positions in Holyoke, Colo., and Bethel, Maine. Larson, a certified public accountant, earned a master’s degree in personnel administration with a concentration in health care administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from La Sierra University.

At Valley Hospital Association Larson will lead an organization with annual revenues of $50 million and 500 employees. VHA includes Valley Hospital in Palmer, Valley Hospital Medical Center in Wasilla and home health, hospice and pharmaceutical agencies.

Last February VHA compiled a task force to begin the search for a new chief executive, although work began in earnest in May, Ripley said.

The organization worked with an executive search company that narrowed the list of candidates to nine, Ripley said.

"We interviewed five of the nine," she said, adding that on-site interviews were conducted in late September.

"George personifies these corporate values and brings with him the expertise to provide sound organizational leadership to our growing hospital system," said Kathleen Kelly, VHA operating board president. "From business analysis to finance and relationship building, George brings extensive skills and experience that make him an excellent match for the needs of our organization."

In a statement, Larson described his new position in Alaska. "I am eager to begin my role in the leadership of this progressive health care organization and in developing a relationship with the board of directors, employees and community residents."

11/11/2001 - 8:00pm