GILLETTE, WY –
Colleen Heeter has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of Campbell County
Health, effective July 1, 2020; the retirement date of current CEO Andy
Fitzgerald. Both the CCH
Board of Trustees and Ms. Heeter have accepted the terms of the employment agreement, and
the contract will be finalized next week.
Several options for filling the CEO position were evaluated by the Board,
including hiring an executive search firm, and accepting applications
Human Resources department. Those options were eliminated as the Board realized the best
candidate was already in-house.
“We feel fortunate to have found an excellent candidate like Ms.
Heeter, who already understands the organization, appreciates the community,
and has proven her effectiveness in a leadership role,” said Board Chair
Dr. Ian Swift. “I look forward to her continuing to grow and develop the organization
while offering guidance to the excellent team surrounding her.”
Ms. Heeter has been the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CCH since February
2019. She came to Gillette in April 2018 as the interim director of
Powder River Surgery Center. Positions prior to coming to Gillette, Wyoming, include Vice President
of Operations, Hospital Division for Surgical Care Associates in Deerfield,
IL, and Vice President of Ambulatory Services for Prime Healthcare in
Kansas City, KS. Ms. Heeter has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare,
including a clinical background as a registered nurse, and a master’s
degree in Business Administration. She and her husband Joe have two children,
Jake and Madeline.
“The Board of Trustees has made the best decision they could have,”
said CEO Andy Fitzgerald. “Ms. Heeter will be a great leader at
CCH, and I look forward to watching her, and the organization, continue
to grow and provide excellent care to our community. My job for the next
several months will be to try and prepare Ms. Heeter as best as I am able
to take over the CEO position and be successful for years to come.”