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Centura Health Promotes Leaders to CEO for Pending Acquired Hospitals, St. Thomas More Hospital

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   March 30, 2022

All three execs currently serve in leadership roles for the Colorado-based health system.

Centura Health, a non-profit, faith-based healthcare organization headquartered in Centennial, Colorado announced three new CEO appointments this past week.

Josh Neff will serve as CEO of Colorado Plains Medical Center (CPMC) in Fort Morgan Colorado; Jeff Carrier will serve as CEO of Western Plains Medical Complex (WPMC) in Dodge City, Kansas; and Angie Simonson will serve as CEO of St. Tomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colorado.

Centura, which is jointly owned by Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health System, signed an asset purchase agreement with LifePoint Health in February to acquire CPMC and WPMC. Neff and Carrier will assume their roles following the completion of the acquisition, which is slated to be finalized later in the year.

Simonson will assume her role on April 18.

Josh Neff, CEO, Colorado Plains Medical Center

Neff, who currently serves as VP of integration and rural health, joined Centura in 2018. In his new role he will lead Colorado Plains Medical Center.

In his current role, he leads a team of critical access hospital CEOs. Additionally, he has created long-term operational and sustainable implementations for Centra Health's 16 affiliate hospitals.

"Not only does Josh bring an unmatched level of expertise to rural health care, he embraces the rural lifestyle and understands the importance of keeping medical care close to home," Tom Gessel, group president of Centura’s Greater Colorado and Kansas Operating Group, said in a statement. "By joining our connected ecosystem of hospitals, the patients and caregivers at Colorado Plains Medical Center will gain a new level of medical excellence and leader who is personally [committed] to compassionate, whole-person care."

Jeff Carrier, CEO, Western Plains Medical Complex

Carrier currently serves as CEO of two of Centura's Kansas hospitals, St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City and Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses, a position he's held since 2021.

In his new role, he will also lead the acquired WPMC.

"Jeff is an innovative health care leader who has a proven record of enhancing the overall quality and safety of patient care,” Gessel said in a statement. "His deep understanding of rural health care and his commitment to the community drives his strategic vision for how our hospitals care for the whole person – mind, body and spirit."

Angie Simonson, CEO, St. Thomas More Hospital

Simonson currently serves as the director of operations for ambulatory services at Centura, and has an almost decade-long tenure with the organization.

In her new role, she will lead St. Thomas More Hospital, a 25-bed hospital with emergency and acute care services.

"St. Thomas More Hospital has served this vibrant community since 1938, and with Angie’s leadership, we look forward to continuing to grow the services we offer our friends and neighbors," Gessel said in a statement. "We are committed to offering high-quality care that allows our patients to stay close to home."

Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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