After 30 years at its helm, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Bartos will step down at the end of June.
Bartos’ retirement was announced Thursday to the more than 500 people employed by the hospital.
“He’s done a great job over the last 30 years,” said Hospital Board Chair Bill Bean. “He understands it’s time to step back and be with his family and enjoy them.”
The board has been working to find Bartos’ replacement since he told the board six months ago about his plans to retire.
The new CEO is another longtime Montanan also named John.
John C. Bishop grew up in the Gallatin Valley. He spent nearly six years working as the CFO and then CEO of the Madison Valley Medical Center in Ennis. Bishop currently serves as president of two critical access hospitals for the St. Charles Health System in central Oregon.
“He brings experience and enthusiasm for similar-sized rural health care systems, a passion for the patient experience and proven success in physician and staff engagement and community involvement,” said a press release.
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Beyond that, Bean said Bishop’s love for Montana and its rural communities was very evident during his time in Hamilton.
“Being a Montana boy, he wanted to come back to the state to be part of a small rural community like Hamilton,” Bean said. “This community suited him and his family…he really wants to be here. That came across strongly.”
After having the same CEO for three decades, Bean said the board was looking for someone who didn’t see this job as a stepping stone.
“The typical turnover for hospital CEOs is three to five years,” Bean said. “We didn’t want that for our hospital here.”
Bishop will begin his employment at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in May.
“It’s an exciting time for the hospital,” Bean said. “We get a new CEO, some fresh thoughts, some new ideas. The board is changing too. It will be interesting to see where we go.”