New Year, New CEO for Regional Health
Pledging on building engagement with physicians and employees to improve and simplify patient experience, the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Regional Health began his duties on January 1.
After an extensive nationwide search, Regional Health announced its selection in November of Brent R. Phillips of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Phillips succeeds Charles E. Hart, MD, MS, who has served as Regional Health’s President and CEO for 10 years. Dr. Hart announced his intention to retire earlier this year.
Phillips served as Senior Vice President of Medical Group Operations for Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, and later his role expanded to include President—Greater Milwaukee South, overseeing four hospitals for Aurora Health Care. Prior to his role with Aurora Health Care, Phillips served in a senior leadership role with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and as an Administrator and Executive Director with Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Virginia.
With more than 100 applicants from across the country, Pete Cappa, Regional Health Board of Trustees Chairman and CEO Search Committee Chairman, says Phillips impressed the search committee with his experience and vision for the future.
“Brent Phillips is passionate about building a culture of teamwork and mutual respect among administrators, physicians, caregivers, employees, patients and the community,” says Cappa. “He is focused on excellence in all aspects of health care including service, quality, and teamwork as well as making health care delivery easier for patients, physicians and caregivers.”
Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Idaho State University in Pocatello, and dual master’s degrees in health care administration and business administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is a Fellow with the American College of Medical Practice Executives.