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St. Luke's Health System Announces New Executive Leadership Appointments

By Ken Dey, News and Community
July 13, 2011
BOISE, Idaho – Gary Fletcher, CEO of St. Luke’s Treasure Valley operations, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for St. Luke’s Health System.  The COO position is a newly created role reporting directly to St. Luke’s Health System CEO David Pate, M.D., J.D. This change will be effective Aug. 1, 2011.

In his new role, Fletcher, 64, will assume oversight of system operations and provide operational direction for the five hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum and McCall, and the more than 100 clinics in St. Luke’s Health System. The CEOs of each hospital will report directly to Fletcher.

Replacing Fletcher as CEO of Treasure Valley will be current Treasure Valley COO Chris Roth.  A determination of how Roth’s vacated role will be filled has not yet been made.

“St. Luke’s Health System has experienced tremendous growth over the last several years and we have many challenges and opportunities ahead of us,” said Dr. David Pate, St. Luke’s Health System CEO. “Moving forward toward accomplishing our goal of transforming health care to deliver patient-centered, quality care across our system will require a level of leadership that both Gary and Chris exemplify.”

Fletcher joined St. Luke’s in 1987 as COO for what was then St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. In 2006, Fletcher was named CEO of St. Luke’s Treasure Valley operations in the newly formed St. Luke’s Health System. Prior to his arrival at St. Luke’s, Fletcher served in hospital administration positions in Montana and Iowa. Fletcher received a Master’s degree in hospital/health administration from the University of Iowa.

“Gary has a long history with St. Luke’s, and his experience will be invaluable as we continue to transform St. Luke’s Health System,” Pate said. “I’m so pleased that Gary has chosen to remain with St. Luke’s and take on this vitally important role.”

Fletcher said he’s looking forward to his new challenge.

“I’ve had the privilege of being part of the St. Luke’s family for 24 years, so I didn’t hesitate when asked to accept this new position,” Fletcher said. “I’m extremely proud of the work St. Luke’s has accomplished, and the next chapter of our history requires us to streamline our operations and focus our efforts collaboratively, not just to accommodate our growth, but to respond to future challenges while continuing to deliver the high quality health care our communities deserve.”

Roth, 40, who joined St. Luke’s in 2007 as COO for St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center, will assume the Treasure Valley CEO position with oversight of St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center, St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center, St. Luke’s Mountain State’s Tumor Institute,  St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and the dozens of clinics throughout the Treasure Valley and eastern Oregon.

Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Roth was vice president of operations at Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. Roth received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University and his Master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.

“In the short time Chris has been with St. Luke’s, he’s successfully led many of our key initiatives, from the integration of new physician groups to the development of projects such as the new lab and laundry facility to the recently announced St. Luke’s Nampa project,” Pate said. “Chris’ innovative leadership style and his ability to spark collaboration will be critical to the future of St. Luke’s in the Treasure Valley.”

Roth said he’s honored to accept his new position.

“Over the last four years, it has been inspiring to see the dedication of the many St. Luke’s employees, physicians and leaders who have helped establish St. Luke’s as one of the community’s most respected health care providers,” Roth said. “I look forward to working together with our St. Luke’s family and those in our community to deliver on our mission of improving the health of people in our region.”

About St. Luke’s Health System

St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only locally-controlled not-for-profit health care system employing more than 9,400 people. Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s now has five hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum and McCall, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho, and eastern Oregon.  With a mission “to improve the health of people in our region,” St. Luke’s provides unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. For more information about St. Luke’s, visit www.stlukesonline.org.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.