St. Mary’s Hospital getting new CEO at ‘a crucial time’

His arrival from Texas comes amid great change for health care industry

Michael J. McBride

In Texas, he oversees 602 beds and 2,000 employees on two hospital campuses. By comparison, St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center is licensed for 350 beds. So, it would seem that when Michael J. McBride becomes president/CEO of St. Mary’s Sept. 20, he’ll be able to relax a bit.

But McBride, who Monday was named St. Mary’s new leader, is coming at a time of tremendous change, said Dan Prinster, St. Mary’s vice president of planning and business development.

“I think it’s a crucial time for everyone,” Prinster said. “A lot of players in health care are struggling with how health care reform will be implemented. There’s a lot of people out there who are trying to figure out what health care’s going to look like five years from now as we implement some of these health reform initiatives.”

McBride, who is regional vice president/administrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital — City Centre and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital — Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, was chosen after a months-long, nationwide search. He’ll come to St. Mary’s at a time when big changes will begin to be made to health care across America. He also will arrive at a time when the Colorado Beacon Consortium, of which St. Mary’s is a part, works to improve chronic disease care in Grand Junction, an effort funded by an $11.8 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Prinster said area health care and community leaders have been meeting to discuss and plan how new health care reforms will be implemented.

“Communities that come together and discuss how they can work together to create a better system will be in a better position, rather than sitting back and waiting until changes are put into place,” Prinster said. “It’s a critical time everywhere, and an exciting time. So (McBride’s) walking into a community that already has a structure in place. I think that’s one of the reasons why he was selected, and one of the reasons why he was interested in coming here.”

McBride, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Baylor University and a master’s in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, previously was president of McCuistion Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas, and became chief operating officer of CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System in Paris, Texas, in 2001.

“I think Michael brings a lot of talent and skills and experience, and he’s excited to come here,” Prinster said. “The board was impressed with his talent and skills as we look at how we will be partnering in the future as health care changes.”

He’ll blend into this area in other ways, too: as a father — he and his wife, Lesli, have four children — and an athlete. He is training for his 10th marathon.


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