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Bozeman Deaconess Announces Retirement of John Nordwick & Appointment of Stan Moser as CEO

October 5, 2011

Bozeman Deaconess Health Services announced today that President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Nordwick will retire from the organization and that its board of directors has appointed Stan Moser the new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2012.

"Over the course of my tenure at Bozeman Deaconess Health Services, I have witnessed growth and expansion in the Gallatin Valley and in the healthcare services we provide,” said John Nordwick. “We built a stronger, more diversified organization; most importantly, this was done with a renewed focus on quality and safety. For me, the most notable achievements coincide with the growth of the organization, such as the newly rebuilt Hillcrest Senior Living Community and the physician integration of the Bozeman Deaconess Health Group. I am particularly proud of the successful relationship we have maintained with medical staff at Bozeman Deaconess. I credit these achievements due in large part to the support of our employees, medical staff, past and present board of trustees, volunteers and our community, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them. After 37 years in healthcare, 17 of which were spent at Bozeman Deaconess, now is an appropriate time for me to turn over the leadership of the organization to Stan Moser. We are very fortunate to have Stan as the next President and CEO—he will do an outstanding job.”

“The board accepts John’s decision to retire with understanding and enormous gratitude,” said Terry Cunningham, Chair, Bozeman Deaconess Board of Trustees. “John’s impact on the growth and success of Bozeman Deaconess Health Services cannot be overstated; he created a culture of excellence that challenged and inspired Bozeman Deaconess Health Services’ employees and the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital medical staff to strive for excellence in patient care. John’s commitment to quality and safety has manifested itself in the numerous awards and accreditations Bozeman Deaconess Hospital has earned on a national and state-wide basis including numerous quality achievement awards, five star ratings in Coronary, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology and Pulmonary Services from HealthGrades over the years, and recognition such as the recent NCQA Level III Medical Home certification, Level III Trauma Verification, and Joint Commission Accreditation.”

“The real beneficiaries of John Nordwick’s tenure are the residents of Southwest Montana,” continues Cunningham. ”As a result of John’s leadership, the community has a top-rate health system that offers high-quality patient care over a broad range of medical disciplines, which means that patients can now be treated locally for the vast majority of their medical needs. John has positioned the organization so that it can meet the future health care needs of the community, regardless of the overall direction of the industry.”

Stan Moser was selected by the Board of Trustees as part of a nationwide recruitment process and joined Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in 2010 as Chief Administrative Officer. Moser has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining Bozeman Deaconess, Moser directed financial and risk management operations for a 240+ physician group, Mount Kisco Medical Group, north of New York City since 2006. He spent five years as Chief Financial Officer at Billings Clinic where he worked collaboratively with other Montana hospitals along with New West Insurance, a provider-sponsored health plan, and 14 other Mountain States Hospitals to develop MSRRG which provides malpractice insurance to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, as well as over 20 hospitals in the Northwest. Moser was also Chief Financial Officer at non-profit hospitals in Gilroy, Tracy and San Jose, CA and at Providence Health Systems in Everett, WA.

“The retirement of John Nordwick and the naming of Stan Moser as the new President and CEO is a significant milestone in the organization’s history; one that takes place during the 100-year anniversary milestone that we have celebrated throughout 2011,” said Cunningham. “Stan brings a unique skill set to Bozeman Deaconess Health Services; one that includes hospital administration, senior leadership of a large multi-specialty physician group and experience in the healthcare insurance field. He brings a robust, varied and distinguished resume to Bozeman Deaconess Health Services. We, the Board and John, are certain that Stan’s experience, knowledge base and accomplishments are well-suited to the task of leading Bozeman Deaconess Health Services into the future.”

“It gives me great pleasure that the Board of Directors has placed their confidence in me to lead this organization through the challenges of the coming decade,” said Stan Moser. “In the face of massive health care reform, our ability to work together as a community will be paramount, and I look forward to that challenge. With every position comes responsibility, and I accept the charge of improving the health and quality of life in our community very seriously. I look forward to building on that trust that John has built over the past 17 years, and am thrilled to be able to take over from someone who has done such a great job in creating a firm footing for continued health care in southwest Montana. Serving as President and CEO of one of Bozeman’s largest employers is an honor and a privilege, and one that I accept with joy and will execute with passion.”

“It is great to be back in my mother’s home state, and we are thrilled to be in Bozeman,” said Moser. “Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is a strong community hospital, and I envision the team of physicians, employees, and volunteers that care for our patients will continue to push forward towards highly reliable, coordinated, exceptional care.”

The not-for-profit Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is responsible for the operations of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Highland Park Medical Campus and Hillcrest Senior Living, and is governed by a community board of trustees. As one of the largest employers in Gallatin County (and currently the largest private employer) Bozeman Deaconess Health Services has over 1400 employees. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital offers comprehensive services designed to meet the diverse healthcare needs of the communities in the greater Gallatin Valley.

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