Greeley County Health Services announces permanent CEO

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GCHS is pleased to announce that Lee Rhodes has officially accepted the permanent Chief Executive Officer role for Greeley County Health Services.

Steve Mangan, Hospital Board Chairperson, announced to the GCHS management team on August 12th that the search for the permanent CEO would be ending, as Lee Rhodes had officially agreed to step into the permanent role.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to attract someone with as much knowledge, background and experience that Lee has to bring to our healthcare system,” Steve Mangan said.

Lee has been the Interim CEO for GCHS since April 24th, 2014. He replaced former interim CEO, Henry Garvin. Prior to Lee accepting the permanent position, Debbi Lehner had been the permanent CEO, leaving the organization in October of 2013.

“It has been a long journey in finding the right CEO to lead us. I believe that we have found a good fit for our community and organization. Lee has proven to be well-experienced and qualified in leading GCHS to greater achievements,” Katy Reynolds, HR and Marketing Director said.

Lee joins Greeley County with 11 years of experience as a CEO and over 30 years of experience in the health care industry. Lee has worked in several different organizations across the Midwestern region throughout his career and has carried the titles of C.P.A., Director of Finance, CFO, COO and CEO.

“I like the CEO role because it’s challenging and there are different things to deal with every day. There is never a boring moment, and I enjoy the challenge,” Lee said.

Lee graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

“It was really good to be here for three months as Interim and being able to experience everyone, the medical staff, the board, the employees and the management team. They can all make a huge difference as to whether or not you can reach your goals. It was very comforting and helpful because I knew we had a team and organization that could achieve great things and that’s what made me want to be part of it,” Lee said.

Lee has lived in Montana for most of his life and calls Lewistown, Montana home for now. He says that he feels comfortable in Tribune because it’s fairly similar to Montana.

“This position just seems to be a good fit for me, my background, and my personality,” Lee said.

Lee has not wasted time in determining what goals he wants the organization to work toward.

“Quality is the number one goal. We have to give excellent patient care. The community has to have trust in us to receive great care when they come here. Number two is patient satisfaction. We want happy customers and have a community that comes to us for care because they want to, not because they have to,” Lee said.

Lee’s third goal was to achieve financial stability for the organization and continue building a solid business foundation.

“I want to make sure we are financially viable so we can continue to maintain the organization and make it better for our community,” Lee said.

In his spare time, Lee enjoys golfing, fishing and cycling. He plans to bring his bicycle down soon and has already golfed several times at the Prairie Ridge course already. Lee also enjoys watching college football and the Denver Broncos.

Lee is married and has two sons. His wife Tami is an Human Resources consultant, and his oldest son is a Physical Therapist in Helena, Montana, and his younger son is a certified public accountant in Denver.

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