Konnie Martin will serve as CEO of the San Luis Valley Health beginning June 16, 2013.
Jan Gay, Chairman of the SLV Health Board of Trustees, announced Monday that Konnie Martin, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of SLV Health, will replace Russ Johnson as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 16, 2013. Johnson recently announced his resignation to accept a position with Centura Health Systems in Denver.
Martin is a Health Care Leader
"Our Trustees were unanimously in favor of offering Konnie the position. She has demonstrated strong leadership and management capabilities in her three years at SLV Health and was well-respected as a leader in healthcare in the San Luis Valley for 20-plus years prior to joining our team," stated Gay. "We saw no reason to look any further. We know she will continue to help SLV Health evolve and succeed with the changes in healthcare before us." Martin, hired in August 2010, has provided essential leadership for many significant projects including the recent integration of the Electronic Health Records System to the hospital and medical clinics. In her letter of interest to the Board of Trustees, Ms. Martin noted, "Our community is dependent on our services, and our intent is to provide the care needed with the upmost competency and compassion. I believe strongly in the team that serves our organization."
Ready to Lead with Strong and Capable Team
Commenting about the leadership team, Gay said, "Konnie will step in to lead a very strong and capable team. It should be a seamless transition, and we are excited to embark on this journey with her." After more than 12 years at SLV Health, Russ Johnson notes that he has thoroughly enjoyed his tenure and is pleased with the accomplishments of his team. "Leaving this organization and community is tough. But having Konnie as the leader for SLV Health for the future makes it easier," he said. "She is an executive and person of the highest caliber. I think the Board has demonstrated great wisdom with her selection." Konnie and husband Damon, director of Cross Country and Track and Field for Adams State University, have two children, Lauren, who attends Adams State University, and Tanner, a sophomore at Alamosa High School. Among many other community involvements, Konnie serves as treasurer of The Legacy Fund for La Puente and has served on various community boards. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arkansas-Monticello in Mathematics, Computer Science and Business. Since then she has attained advanced leadership training at the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership at the University of Colorado-Health Science Center, CDC; completed the Health Care Executive Program at the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Executive Program; and earned the AHA Health Care System Transformation Fellowship. "I'm honored by the Board of Trustees' confidence in me as the next CEO of SLV Health," Martin said. "With their guidance and support, I look forward to leading this great organization. I also want to thank Russ Johnson for his leadership and mentoring during my tenure. It will be a pleasure to work with him in his new role within the Centura Health System."