The Memorial Hospital will soon be on the lookout for someone to fill a very important slot within its administration.
TMH Chief Financial Officer Bryan Chalmers recently announced his resignation from his post at the hospital in order to take on a CFO job in Wyoming. His decision was officially made before Christmas, but was made more public at Thursday’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting.
Chalmers’ last day with TMH will be Jan. 24. He, his wife and four sons first moved to Craig in 2009.
Chalmers will be taking on a position with Laramie’s Ivinson Memorial Hospital, which is more than twice the size of TMH. Though he’ll be working under the title of CFO there, his function will be a bit different than with his previous job.
“It’ll branch me out of critical access into the more traditional hospital reimbursements,” he said.
He added that being able to get experience in a different capacity will open him up to any kinds of change that might occur with the health care field continually changing.
Chalmers has already proven himself capable of adapting to new situations, working with three different people filling the CEO position at TMH in the past year.
“Transitioning leadership roles at that level can be a challenge in the sense that you have philosophical changes and direction changes, so once you set your facility up to meet their style, it’s not too bad,” he said.
The landscape and small-town feel of Northwest Colorado will be what Chalmers will miss the most.
“I finally learned all the good hunting and fishing spots,” he said. “Now I’ll have to start all over in a new town.”
As for his co-workers, he said he’s most enjoyed being part of a team that has been able to do a lot for the hospital.
Jennifer Riley, TMH chief of organizational excellence, said Chalmers provided great financial guidance upon starting in Craig, at a time when the hospital was going through considerable change moving to a new location when he and his family moved to Moffat County from Montana.
“There were a lot of challenges, because we were taking on a huge loan and all the financial requirements with maintaining everything, and the start-up was difficult, but he got us through all that,” she said. “We’ve grown tremendously under his financial leadership.”
Riley added that Chalmers was specially recognized by management company Quorum Health Resources more than once for his work.
“He did a good job here,” she said. “He has a great opportunity to go to a bigger hospital, and Laramie’s a great community. We wish him well, but we wish he was staying with us.”
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.