Centura Health Southwest Kansas Hospitals Welcome New CEO

Jeff Carrier will lead St. Catherine Hospital and Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital

(GARDEN CITY, Kan.) Centura Health, the region’s leading health care system, proudly welcomes Jeff Carrier as Chief Executive Officer for St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City and Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. Jeff will officially join Centura’s healing ministry on Jan. 11, 2021.

Jeff is on a mission to serve, respect and help those around him. He is passionate about meeting the needs of the communities Centura serves throughout Kansas, achieving excellent patient outcomes and developing innovative ways to extend Centura’s Mission across southwest Kansas.

As CEO of St. Catherine Hospital and Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital, Jeff will cultivate strong, trusting relationships between the hospitals’ Boards of Trustees, caregivers, providers and volunteers to impact the health and wholeness of every life, every neighbor and every community across southwest Kansas.

“Jeff is an innovative health care executive with proven success of partnering with physicians, enhancing the overall quality and safety of patient care, and serving local communities,” said Tom Gessel, Group President for Centura’s Greater Colorado and Kansas region. “He will provide outstanding strategic direction and leadership for our hospitals’ sustained success, while giving emphasis to clinical excellence and the creation of optimal value.”

Prior to joining Centura, Jeff served as Chief Clinical Officer for Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo., and was responsible for the overall operations of patient care and nursing services for the 460-bed, three hospital system with 300 physicians. During his tenure with Freeman Health, Jeff also held the senior leadership positions of System Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Operations, supporting enterprise-wide operations, workforce management, scalable growth, partnership development and supply chain. Prior to Freeman Health, Jeff served in clinical roles with Ascension, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and Olathe Medical Center. Early in his health care career, Jeff was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served at Troop Medical Clinic & Winn Army Hospital.

“As a Kansas native with a long history of service, hard work and devotion to his community, Jeff brings unparalleled experience and perspective to the role of CEO for St. Catherine hospital and Bob Wilson hospitals” said Richard Taylor, Board chair of St. Catherine Hospital. The Board chair of Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital, Mike Brewer, added: “There is no doubt that Jeff’s leadership will empower our hospitals’ caregivers to continue to deliver world-class quality health care to our communities in southwest Kansas for many years to come.”

A Kansas native, Jeff grew up in Wichita and graduated high school in Emporia. He received his Bachelor of Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe and his Master of Science in Management from Baker University in Baldwin City. Jeff is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management (CSPPM) and Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC).

Andrea Sinclair


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