St. John's Medical Center Trustees Select Louis I. Hochheiser, MD for Top Post

At a special meeting of the St. John’s Medical Center Board, Trustees announced the selection of Louis I. Hochheiser, MD as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital. Dr. Hochheiser, a Teton County, WY resident, is a family physician with extensive healthcare leadership experience. The Trustees also authorized Board President Michael Tennican to offer the CEO position to Dr. Hochheiser and negotiate an employment agreement for board approval.

The announcement culminates a five month national search in which over 130 candidates were considered. The Board of Trustees, physicians, hospital staff, and community leaders participated in an extensive interview process with six finalists. “After searching the country for the best possible candidates,” said Zach Hall, Search Committee Chair, “we were delighted to find the most qualified person right here in Jackson Hole. Dr. Hochheiser is a caring physician who has exceptional leadership experience and skills, detailed understanding of health care policy and economics, and deep knowledge of our community and its needs.”

Dr. Hochheiser, who was the sole candidate recommended by the Search Committee at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 18, was selected by unanimous vote of the Board. Tennican praised Hochheiser’s selection, saying “Lou has extensive experience as a clinician, teacher and leader in improving the quality of patient care. He is also extraordinarily well informed on issues of medical economics and national healthcare policy. Lou’s contributions to the work of the Board and key Board committees over the past three years have earned the respect and admiration of all those who know him. We look forward to his leadership as our new CEO.”

As the Chief Medical Leader for a Fortune 100 healthcare insurance and services company, Dr. Hochheiser currently oversees the work of a large team of physicians and clinical policy staff located throughout the country. Prior to his current position, Dr. Hochheiser was chair of the Departments of Family Medicine at Brown University and at the University of Vermont. He has also provided advice and expert counsel nationally to organizations across the health care spectrum,including hospitals and agencies focused on mental health, wellness and prevention. “Dr. Hochheiser has developed immense respect at the hospital for the depth of his medical knowledge and for his understanding of the national healthcare scene,” said Trustee Bruce Hayse, MD. “He has always been more than willing to provide helpful input on our local issues.”

Dr. Hochheiser reacted to his selection by saying “I am very honored and excited to have been chosen to lead St. John’s Medical Center. St. John’s is fortunate in having dedicated medical, nursing and other hospital staff who serve as the base for providing quality care to our community members and who will enable us to prepare to meet the coming economic and delivery challenges to our local health care system. To be able to contribute to the community where my family and I live is an opportunity that I could not pass up. I look forward to working with the entire community to ensure that St John’s meets its challenges and continues to provide outstanding care to our community.”