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News Release
New CEO to Lead Nebraska Regional Health Network
Original Release Date: December 17, 2013 OMAHA - The board of directors of a new Nebraska-based regional health network has named Cliff A. Robertson, MD, as senior vice president and market CEO of the network, effective February 2014. Robertson, 51, is a long-time physician executive in the Tacoma, Wash. area and a board-certified primary care physician. The Texas native is chief operating officer of Franciscan Health System in Tacoma and has been on loan as interim CEO of St. Luke's Health System in Houston, Tex., since October. (See biography below.) St. Luke's, Franciscan and the Nebraska network are affiliates of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). The Nebraska network is a new organization formed by the integration of Alegent Creighton Health and CHI health ministries in Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln and Nebraska City. The network name will be introduced after the first of the year. Richard L. Herink, chair of the network board and president, First National Bank of Lincoln, led the board search committee, which conducted a national search that considered internal and external candidates. "We are most impressed with Dr. Robertson's proven leadership ability, collaborative style and entrepreneurial spirit. We believe these are qualities a CEO must possess to successfully lead in this new era of health care," Herink said. Michael T. Rowan, CHI's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, "As a physician executive, Cliff has diverse management and business experience and a clear grasp of the opportunities and challenges ahead. He is deeply committed to the purpose of this network, which is to serve individuals and communities in Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas to improve health in the region through an emphasis on education, healing, research and wellness." Robertson expressed excitement about his role as network chief. "I am honored to be chosen to help advance the health care ministry of the new regional network and I am pleased to remain a part of the CHI family. I look forward to working with the board, physicians, employees, managers, donors and volunteers to build upon the legacy of innovation and excellence that the network's patients and communities have relied on for generations," he said. Richard A. Hachten, II, of Alegent Creighton Health and Robert J. Lanik of the CHI Nebraska health ministries are co-CEOs of the network. They will help orient Robertson before their retirements next year. About Catholic Health Initiatives in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa Alegent Creighton Health and the Catholic Health Initiatives organizations in Nebraska and southwest Iowa are integrating to create single, regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined faith-based organization will consist of 16 hospitals, two stand-alone inpatient behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Nearly 15,900 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University's health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2013, the network provided a combined approximate total of $138 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Corning, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas. For more information, visit our websites: 16 hospitals: Bergan Mercy Medical Center - Omaha Community Memorial Hospital - Missouri Valley, IA Creighton University Medical Center - Omaha Good Samaritan Hospital - Kearney Immanuel Medical Center - Omaha Lakeside Hospital - Omaha Memorial Community Hospital - Blair Memorial Hospital - Schuyler Mercy Hospital - Corning, IA Mercy Hospital - Council Bluffs, IA Midlands Hospital - Papillion Nebraska Heart Hospital - Lincoln Plainview Hospital - Plainview Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center - Lincoln Saint Francis Medical Center - Grand Island St. Mary's Community Hospital - Nebraska 2 Stand-alone, Inpatient Behavioral Health Facilities Lasting Hope Recovery Center - Omaha Richard Young Behavioral Health Center - Kearney Biography: Cliff A. Robertson, MD, MBA Cliff Robertson, MD, comes to CHI's Nebraska regional network with experience both as a family practice physician and a health system executive. Dr. Robertson currently serves CHI in a dual role - as the interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston and as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Franciscan Health System in Washington State. Franciscan is a five hospital, 50 clinic integrated health system in the Puget Sound region. Serving as COO since 2009, Dr. Robertson is responsible for daily operations and strategic direction at Franciscan Health System's seven hospitals, which include St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Francis, St. Anthony and St. Elizabeth hospitals. Dr. Robertson was formerly the Senior Vice President of Physician Development and President and Chief Medical Officer of Franciscan Medical Group from 1999 to 2009 and has been a part of the Franciscan Health System since 1995. He also has more than 15 years of business leadership experience both in the health care arena and as the chief executive officer of a private business franchise. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Doctor of Medicine from Ohio State College of Medicine. Dr. Robertson completed both his residency and internship in Family Practice at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma. He received his Master of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. With a heart for people, Dr. Robertson believes in giving back and does that through service on various community and civic boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tacoma Goodwill Industries and The Geneva Foundation. His professional affiliations include sitting on the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Hospital Association. He is a also a member of The Healthcare Roundtable for Chief Operating Officers, Washington State Medical Association, Carena MD, King County Healthcare Coalition, and the Pierce County Medical Society. Dr. Robertson is married and has three children. When he is not working, Dr. Robertson enjoys playing golf, skiing and traveling with wife, Carol, and his family.