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Regional Health President & CEO Charles Hart Announces Retirement

Apr 04, 2014 09:56AM ● By MED Magazine

With a long and distinguished career as a physician and health care executive, Charles Hart, M.D., M.S., Regional Health President and CEO, has announced his retirement. He will continue to lead Regional Health until his successor is in place, with the organizational goal of filling the position by January 2015. 

Regional Health is a not-for-profit health care system with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D. It is comprised of five hospitals, two specialty hospitals, five senior care facilities, 24 clinics including two urgent care clinics, serving western South Dakota, the Nebraska panhandle, eastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. Regional Health operates, under operating leases, several facilities in Custer, a clinic in Wall, S.D., and manages hospitals and nursing homes in Philip, S.D., and Sundance and Newcastle, Wyo.

“It has been a true honor to lead Regional Health and work with the dedicated employees of the organization. I am proud of what has been accomplished by our employees, physicians and volunteers,” Dr. Hart said. “Regional Health continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of the communities we serve. The patient care initiatives and our journey of continuous improvement is what will truly make a difference for our patients and their families. We have a solid foundation but will need a strong innovative leader to guide us through the fast-changing health care environment.”

Dr. Hart has been associated with Regional Health and Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) for 31 years; and 10 as Regional Health’s first President and CEO. Dr. Hart began his career at the organization as an RCRH Emergency Department physician in 1983. He has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his career including:  Interim President and co-CEO of RCRH, Chairman of the RCRH Board of Trustees, Chief of the RCRH Medical Staff, RCRH Vice President of Medical Affairs, RCRH Hospital/Medical Liaison Officer, RCRH Emergency Department Chairman, and Regional LifeFlight Medical Director.

Dr. Hart has been the recipient of multiple awards including Distinguished Service from the South Dakota Medical Association, the Black Hills Hispanic Community Award, and the Distinguished Leadership in Medicine for Community Service from the University of Notre Dame.

The Regional Health Board has formed a committee to immediately begin the search for the new Regional Health President and CEO. A nationally-recognized search firm, B. E. Smith, has been retained to lead a national search.