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Haraldson Selected New CEO
October, 12, 2017

Richard Haraldson

October 12, 2017


A Montana hospital administrator has been hired as the new Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center Chief Executive Officer.


The BCHHC Board of Directors announced Wednesday that Richard Haraldson of Sidney, Montana, will begin his new CEO duties Jan. 1.


“Rick brings a strong background in healthcare administration to our organization,” BCHHC Board of Directors Chairman Mitch Deines said. “He understands how community hospitals operate and the role they play in the communities they serve. We are excited to have him join our team.”


Haraldson has worked in healthcare for 23 years, 17 of those years as a CEO. He has been CEO of Sidney Health Center in Sidney, Montana, since 2003. Sidney Health Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital with 33 providers, as well as 93 nursing home beds and 40 assisted living beds.                            


Haraldson has also held CEO and administrative positions with Banner Health System in Torrington, Wyoming. He has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Wyoming. He is a Certified Public Accountant, as well as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Rick’s wife, Darci, is a special education teacher and they have four sons and a daughter, with four of those children in college. Rick is active in the community, including membership in the Lions Club, serving on the Richland Youth Hockey Board and serving as a radio announcer for Richland Hockey.


The announcement ends a national search for a CEO that began in January when Thomas W. Sommers announced his resignation as BCHHC CEO. During his 13 years of leadership the organization saw extensive change and growth, including the 2012 opening of a new hospital facility on the north side of Beatrice.


Dr. John Findley who has been serving as Interim CEO will transition back to serving as full-time Chief Medical Officer.


“We want to thank Dr. Findley for his dedication to BCHHC as Interim CEO,” Deines said. “His passion and enthusiasm has helped us to continue the momentum on our strategic initiatives. We are excited to keep that momentum moving forward as we welcome Rick to our team and our community.”    

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October, 12, 2017