Smolik resigns, Riverton Memorial Hospital names Lander hospital administrator interim CEO

Erixon named interim CEO

RMH front(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Memorial Hospital today named Steve Erixon interim CEO following the resignation of Chris Smolik, who had been in place at RMH since 2007. A national search for a permanent CEO has been launched, according to a news release from Don Bivacca, president of the national division of LifePoint Hospitals, of which both Lander and Riverton are a part.

“We are fortunate to have Steve Erixon serve as our interim CEO at Riverton as we launch an aggressive national search for qualified candidates to fill the top leadership role on a permanent basis,” Bivacca said.  “Steve has considerable health care management experience and will ensure strong management and leadership during this transition. He is also currently the CEO of Lander Regional Hospital (LRH) and will fulfill both roles during this interim period.”

Steve Erixon

Steve Erixon

According to Bivacca, Erixon came to LRH in April from Rainy Lake Medical Center inInternational Falls, Minn., where he had served as interim CEO since January 2011.  Previously, he was president and CEO of Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, Mo., from 2006 to 2009; president and CEO of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark., from 1998 to 2006; CEO of Memorial Mother Frances Hospital in Palestine, Texas, from 1996 to 1998; and CEO of Columbia Bay Area Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, from 1993 to 1996.  He also was a hospital administrator for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) from 1987-1993.

Erixon holds a master of health administration degree from Duke University and a bachelor of arts degree in business economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is board-certified in health care management and a fellow of the AmericanCollege of Healthcare Executives.

Riverton Memorial Hospital and Lander Regional Hospital have been working toward creating a collaborative environment between the Fremont County hospitals since September. According to Dr. Roger Gose, chairman of the RMH board of trustees, Erixon’s appointment ensures the continuation of that process.

“With Steve’s appointment, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure stability and strong leadership until a permanent CEO is hired,” Gose said. “We are confident that we will find the right person to lead the hospital in the future and want to thank Chris for his dedication to the Riverton community for the last seven years.

During Smolik’s tenure, Riverton Memorial Hospital earned LifePoint Hospitals® High Five Award in 2008. Presented annually, LifePoint’s High Five awards celebrate hospitals that have performed most impressively in the areas the company calls its High Five Guiding Principles: delivering compassionate, high quality patient care; supporting physicians; creating excellent workplaces for employees; strengthening its hospitals’ role in the community; and ensuring fiscal responsibility.

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LifePoint Hospitals® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 56 hospital campuses in 19 states, including two hospitals in Wyoming. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the Company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., can be found on its website, All references to “LifePoint,” “LifePoint Hospitals,” or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.

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