New CEO hired at Pioneer Medical Center

The search for a new CEO for Pioneer Medical Center is over: Gary Hamilton of Miles City will join the staff at PMC June 26, replacing interim CEO, Mike Hammer. 

Hamilton is originally from Indiana and most recently held the position of director of critical and acute care services at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, according to a June 1 staff memo. 

“Gary will be an asset to the PMC and the community,” PMC board chair Paula Curtin said. “He is very civic minded and his values fit with the core values of the PMC.”  

The search to fill the position began after four-year CEO Erik Wood submitted his resignation in October of 2016. 

When the applicants were narrowed down to the final two, a survey about the candidates was distributed to the PMC Board of Trustees and to leadership staff, Curtin said during a May 24, PMC special board meeting. The results were in favor of Hamilton because staff considered him to be more relatable and easier to converse with than the other candidate.

“The folks I talked to overwhelmingly liked (Hamilton’s) style of management and his personality and his ideas of how to get teamwork really going and such,” she said during the meeting.

The medical staff favored Hamilton’s opponent, physician and board member Dr. Ace Walker said. While the staff recognized the position was entry-level, they felt the other candidate had more relevant years of experience.

“(Hamilton) didn’t understand the concept of a rural health clinic. My personal opinion is that you can learn that and use your resources,” he told the board members. “I think the key is, it depends on who the rest of the members of the leadership team are and what they bring to the table.”

Board member Susie Mosness made a motion to offer the position to Hamilton and the motion passed unanimously. 

To read the full story, pick up the June 8 edition of the Pioneer or subscribe to our e-edition. Current subscribers are provided complimentary access to the e-edition with registration.


By Olivia Keith / Pioneer Staff Writer





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