SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Laura S. Kaiser is the new executive vice president and chief operating officer of Intermountain Healthcare. She previously was president and chief executive officer of Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Florida, and Ministry Market Leader for the Gulf Coast/Florida region of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic nonprofit healthcare organization.
Kaiser will oversee healthcare delivery at Intermountain, including services provided at 22 hospitals and more than 185 clinics. She succeeds Joseph R. Horton, who retired at the end of December.
“Laura brings a wealth of experience as a healthcare executive,” said Charles W. Sorenson, MD, President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare. “She has held leadership positions in a variety of settings including health systems, community hospitals, physician clinics and national consulting firms. Her background includes experience in clinical quality improvement and integration, physician engagement, strategy and operations, financial management, information technology and change management.”
Dr. Sorenson added, “One theme that stands out in Laura’s career is her strong commitment to the mission, vision and values of the organizations she has worked for—missions that are similar to Intermountain’s in many respects.”
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Laura earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Management from the University of Missouri. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on several boards, including those of the American Red Cross, Daughters of Charity Foundation, Florida Hospital Association and the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
Intermountain Healthcare is a community-owned system of nonprofit hospitals and clinics that provides medical care to residents of Utah and Idaho. Intermountain’s physicians, nurses and other caregivers are recognized national leaders in providing high-quality care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.
NOTE: Intermountain Healthcare has changed the spelling of its name. “Healthcare” is now one word. With this change, Intermountain Healthcare no longer goes by “IHC.” Please use the full name, “Intermountain Healthcare,” and “Intermountain” in subsequent references.
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