Hospital CEO search is off to a slow start


— The search is off to a slow start for a new chief executive officer for the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association.

Bob Maddox, president of the SSHCA board of directors, said the hospital search committee has not made much progress in finding a replacement for Margaret Sabin, who resigned late last month.

"We haven't decided on exactly what we're looking for yet. I expect those decisions will be made shortly," Maddox said, adding he is hopeful a replacement can be found within a few months.

Sabin, who will remain chief executive officer of the local health care association until July 1, plans to move to California this summer to become CEO of Marin General and Novato Community hospitals.

Sabin will initially serve as "CEO Designate" to Henry J. Buhrmann, current president and CEO of the California hospitals, until his retirement on Jan. 4, 2001, when she will assume full CEO responsibilities.

Before coming to Steamboat four years ago, Sabin had been CEO of Swedish Medical Center, a 368-bed hospital in Denver.

Buhrmann, who is retiring after 19 years with MGH/NCH, said he believes the boards made a sound decision in hiring Sabin.

"I am very pleased the boards have appointed Margaret Sabin as my successor. She is a dynamic, proven health care executive with an excellent balance of professional and personal values," he said.

Etta Allen, chairwoman of MGH, added:
"I am very pleased that we have found someone of Margaret's caliber to step in and succeed Hank (Buhrmann) as CEO. She has a great track record. Not only does she have a very impressive background in health care, but she has impressive leadership skills. She has demonstrated a tremendous ability to work with hospitals, physicians and the community," she said.

-- To reach Bryna Larsen, call 871-4205 or e-mail


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