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April 5, 2018

Kearney, Neb. – Kearney Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the hiring of Bill Calhoun as the new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Calhoun comes to Kearney Regional from the state of Florida where he was President of Hospital Operations for Health First, an independent healthcare system in central Florida.  Mr. Calhoun will begin his role as CEO at Kearney Regional on April 18th.

“I am thrilled to join my new colleagues at Kearney Regional Medical Center and look forward to serving the people of Kearney, Buffalo County, and our surrounding communities,” commented Calhoun.  “Initial impressions have been overwhelmingly positive and this team’s commitment to community inspired care is remarkable.”

Prior to his role as President for Health First, Bill was the President and Regional Vice President for Affinity Health System and Ministry Health Care for the Eastern Region of Wisconsin and President of Mercy Medical Center.

“We are very excited to welcome Bill to lead our team here at Kearney Regional and look forward to him merging into our already-strong culture here at KRMC,” said John Lanning, COO of Kearney Regional Medical Center.  “Bill brings a vast wealth of knowledge in the healthcare industry and has the right mindset to take Kearney Regional to newer heights while keeping what makes KRMC great, a positive culture from top to bottom.”

Kearney Regional has spent the past many months on a national search for the CEO position.  “We were fortunate to have an outstanding group of qualified applicants through this search,” stated Steve Beck, Director of Human Resources at Kearney Regional.  “To select Mr. Calhoun from such a talented pool of healthcare professionals is a testament to his abilities and background in healthcare.  We look forward to seeing Bill bring those qualities into the KRMC family.”

“Early on, I am eager to listen and see first-hand the KRMC mission in action,” added Calhoun, new CEO at Kearney Regional. “Getting to know my colleagues is important to me. I want to learn what inspires our team members and what we do well. This understanding will serve as a foundation for building upon our strengths and further developing our services.”

Bill is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and advanced training in healthcare administration from the University of Wisconsin – Superior.

“We are so excited to announce the hiring of Bill Calhoun”, said Dr. Sean Denney, KRMC Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Bill comes to us with an extensive executive experience base and lauded references.   He is consummately warm, engaging, and personable. From the moment we first met him, we knew why he came so highly recommended. His business acumen, as well as leadership skills are readily appreciable.  I have no doubt that Bill Calhoun will make all of us better, and raise the level of care provided at Kearney Regional Medical Center to a whole new level.”

Bill has been active in professional and community organizations and has served various governing boards and health foundations within the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chambers of Commerce, United Way, and Boys and Girls Club.

“I see a future that recognizes and anticipates local needs and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to excellence in all that we do. I believe there is opportunity to broaden our services and expand our reach to create improved access and convenience for those we serve.”

About Kearney Regional Medical Center

KRMC is a 93-bed acute care hospital.  Dedicated to improving the health of our patients, Kearney Regional Medical Center delivers expert medical care that is patient focused and cost effective. Kearney Regional Medical Center’s state of the art facility offers patients sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services covering the spectrum of care.  Kearney Regional is made up of Medical, Surgical, and Intensive Care Beds as well as a full suite of Operating Rooms, Interventional Cardiology and Radiology Labs, an Emergency Department, Maternity Care Center, and full Radiology Department for diagnostic services.

The staff at Kearney Regional consists of nearly 700 talented and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinical, and support staff.