It’s official: Dr. Kevin Flanigan named CEO of NIHD

After serving five months as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Northern Inyo Healthcare District, Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, has a shorter title.

NIH16_KSFlaniganDr. Flanigan will be dropping the word “interim” after accepting a two-year contract offer from the district board.

The announcement came at the NIHD Board of Directors meeting Wednesday evening following a closed session performance evaluation for Dr. Flanigan.

Upon return to open session, Board President Denise Hayden announced the directors unanimously voted 5-0 to make Dr. Flanigan’s role as CEO a long-term, ongoing relationship.

“The Board is so pleased to announce this decision,” Mrs. Hayden said Thursday morning. “Dr. Flanigan led us through a difficult transition as Interim CEO and re-established the confidence of our staff and our community. He has many new and exciting ideas in store for the hospital, and we look forward to seeing him build a strong healthcare team for this community.”

“I am flattered and humbled by the Board’s actions Wednesday night,” Dr. Flanigan said Thursday. “It is a true honor to have the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization and to be able to partner with others in the Eastern Sierra region to ensure that tomorrow’s healthcare is better than that of yesterday. We truly are one team with one goal.”

Originally intended to serve as the healthcare district’s Chief Medical, Chief Operations and Chief Information Officer, Dr. Flanigan was named Acting CEO last September following the departure of former administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane. Dr. Flanigan was subsequently appointed Interim CEO in October.

Since that time, Dr. Flanigan worked closely with the NIHD board and employees to develop and establish long-term strategic goals and to position the district to realize those objectives.

Together, the Board, Dr. Flanigan and the district employees placed a renewed focus on continuous improvement and ensuring the best health outcomes for everyone in the district.

The district’s new mission statement, unveiled in December, encompasses that focus: Improving our communities, one life at a time. One Team. One Goal. Your Health.

Dr. Flanigan is a graduate of the University of Richmond where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Latin and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He subsequently received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1993.

He completed his internship and residency training at University of Louisville after which he became Board Certified in Internal Medicine (the medical care of adults) and Pediatrics.

After nearly 15 years of medical practice, Dr. Flanigan began a new career path in medical administration serving for almost five years as the Medical Director for the State of Maine Medicaid program known as MaineCare. During that time, he earned his Masters of Business Administration from UMASS at Amherst Isenberg School of Management.

Dr. Flanigan and his wife, Kelly, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, are the parents of three children. The couple looks forward to making their home in Inyo County.

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About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One Team. One Goal. Your Health.

 

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2 Responses to It’s official: Dr. Kevin Flanigan named CEO of NIHD

  1. Charles James February 20, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Excellent choice! Personable, knowledgeable, and competent.

    Since being in the position as interim-CEO, Dr. Flanigan has done a great job in quickly restoring the community’s faith in NIH. He has readily “jumped in” to quickly become involved in the community by attending local meetings and events. He has offered support and a willingness to share ideas to better the community’s health care system as well as Bishop’s efforts to better promote local businesses and opportunities. A healthier business climate not only helps the hospital, having a great hospital helps exisiting and new businesses prosper. People , especially families, looking to move to the area are often looking for good jobs, good schools, and a good hospital.

    Flanigan’s reputation was cemented with the residents of the south County when he offered his help in dealing with the troubled, failing Southern Inyo Health Care District. He offered sound professional advice based on his considerable experience in health care management at a time it was desperately needed, not because he had to, but because he so obviously cares. By all accounts and as seen by his own actions, the good doctor appears to be a most welcomed addition to our area.

     
  2. pecos February 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    Now maybe he can try to bring cost down so we don’t have to go to Carson City or Ridgecrest. Just a thought you know for us people with blue cross insurance. Since at this point even with the cost of gas and travel the money that is saved is worth going out of town.

     

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