The Wyoming Medical Center's board of directors has named the hospital's new chief executive officer, according to a news release Tuesday.

 

Michele Chulick will begin on July 17 to meet with staff, learn the hospital's culture and policy, and transition into the position.

Current President and CEO Vickie Diamond will stay on the job until her retirement on Aug. 1.

Chulick was president of CHST Ventures, a division of Children's Health System of Texas, a health care system with 616 beds and more than 950,000 patients a year

She oversaw the development and management for the system’s expansion. She developed and executed a strategic plan that focused on population health and moving from a cost structure based on patient volume to one based on value of care, according to the news release.

“Ms. Chulick has a background in the development and management of joint ventures, including with not-for-profit organizations, affiliations and network expansion; and she has extensive experience in business development and technological innovation, including the implementation of virtual health and telemedicine,” Edith Selby, vice chairwoman of the WMC Board of Directors said in the news release.

“She will fit in well here. She is a leader, a collaborator and she has the experience to lead Wyoming Medical Center into its next phase of growth.”

Chulick earned a Masters of Business Administration in finance from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duke University; Durham, N.C.

She began her work in health care in 1979, and has extensive experience in reducing costs, improving productivity, increasing patient satisfaction and improving patient outcomes, according to the news release.

Chulick has worked as a nurse, a consultant and an administrator in both hospital and academic environments.

 

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The nonprofit Wyoming Medical Center Inc., was formed in 1986.

Until then, it was known as the Memorial Hospital of Natrona County, which was owned and operated by Natrona County. After the creation of the WMC, the county continued to own the physical plant of the hospital, which is mostly in the 1200 blocks of East Second and Third streets. The WMC leases the property from the county to do health care. The WMC's rent, in effect, is to maintain the value of the physical plant and provide care for the indigent.

A five-member board of trustees -- called the Memorial Hospital of Natrona County -- oversees the WMC's lease of the county's property.