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St. Mary's Medical Center Names Physician as New President

May 25, 2016

Media contact: Teri Cavanagh: 970-298-1975 (office); 970-260-3753 (mobile)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – (May 25, 2016) – Brian Davidson, MD, has been named president of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction.

Dr. Davidson has since September 2015 been serving as interim president and chief medical officer for the hospital, which employs more than 2,000 staff and collaborates with 400 active physicians representing more than 40 specialties serving communities throughout the Grand Valley, western Colorado, and southeastern Utah.

“Dr. Davidson has shown great aptitude, passion and dedicated leadership, all of which make him uniquely positioned to take the reins,” said Douglas Aden, chair of the St. Mary’s board of directors. “As a physician, he will be instrumental in fueling St. Mary’s advancements toward person-centered, high-quality, affordable care.”

“The Search Committee evaluated a number of highly qualified candidates during the selection process and Dr. Davidson received enthusiastic support from both fellow physicians and community members who participated in the process,” added Michael Taylor, executive vice president and chief operating officer for SCL Health, the nonprofit faith-based ministry of which St. Mary’s is a member.

“This year, we mark our 120th Birthday,” said Dr. Davidson “St. Mary's represents a legacy story about incredible people, physicians, caregivers, leaders, and founders on whose shoulders we stand. We’re invigorated to take up our responsibility to provide the highest level of care and compassion to our patients, as well as to embrace our role as a contributor to the economic vitality of our region.”

“I’m humbled to lead this strong team as we innovate toward new collaborations with the region’s business community and partner to move to higher levels of affordability, quality and access, as has been the tradition of healthcare in the Grand Valley for decades.” Dr. Davidson added.

Dr. Davidson joined St. Mary's as chief medical officer in 2014. St. Mary’s will now begin a search to fill the chief medical officer role.

Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Dr. Davidson served the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in multiple leadership roles, including as vice chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and as the medical director of the operating room.

Dr. Davidson earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and his master’s in business administration from University of Colorado Denver. He completed his general surgery internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, and his residency in anesthesiology and fellowship in healthcare administration at University of Colorado Hospital. Brian is a Colorado native and one of only five percent of the nation’s top hospital leaders who are also physicians.

About St. Mary’s Medical Center

Founded in 1896, St. Mary’s Medical Center is a regional hospital serving western Colorado and eastern Utah. As the largest in the region, St. Mary’s offers the highest level of care and technology covering 12 primary patient service lines including Trauma and Emergency transport CareFlight, Cancer Care, Certified Primary Stroke and Chest Pain Centers, Neonatal and Intensive Care, Women’s services and many more. St. Mary’s Medical Center is consistently recognized nationally for its clinical quality and superior patient care. To learn more, visit www.stmarygj.org

About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our $2.5 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our 11 hospitals, more than 160 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $222 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealth.org

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