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St. Luke's Health System Names New Wood River CEO

By Ken Dey, News and Community
November 30, 2011

Ketchum, ID, November 30, 2011 – Officials with St. Luke’s Health System have named a new CEO for St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center.

Cody Langbehn, an executive with Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont., will assume the role of CEO effective Jan. 23, 2012. Langbehn replaces interim CEO John Kee, who will continue in his role as vice president of physician services for St. Luke’s Health System.

“Cody has extensive experience in the delivery of medical services throughout the Intermountain Region, which will be invaluable in the future development of St. Luke’s Wood River,” said David Pate, MD, JD, St. Luke’s Health System president and CEO.

St. Luke’s Wood River, based in Ketchum, is a 25-bed, critical-access hospital serving patients throughout central Idaho.

Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Langbehn was Executive Director of Regional Operations at Billings Clinic. He joined Billings Clinic in 1997 as CEO of Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber, Mont., which is one of seven critical access hospitals managed by Billings Clinic. Langbehn served as CEO for eight years, during which he oversaw operations at the 25-bed hospital and clinic, as well as a 35-bed nursing home, and 18-bed assisted living facility.

Langbehn has a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a master’s degree in health care administration from Montana State University-Billings. Langbehn will relocate to the Wood River Valley with his wife, Lisa, and their two young children.

Kee has been interim CEO of Wood River since April 2010, when then CEO Bruce Jensen assumed the role of vice president of operations for St. Luke’s Health System.

“We are grateful that John Kee and his management team have positioned the hospital so well for the future and have developed a hospital for which the community is justifiably proud,” Pate said.

About St. Luke’s Health System

Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only-locally controlled not-for-profit health care system with six hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum, McCall and Jerome, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho. St. Luke’s has earned numerous national awards for excellence in patient care. 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

About The Author

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

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St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center
Street Address: 100 Hospital Dr.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 727-8800