Friday, September 14, 2012

The St. Anthony Regional Hospital Board of Directors Thursday named 25-year management official Ed Smith as the organization’s president and CEO.

Smith had been performing in that role in an interim capacity since January for the not-for-profit Catholic medical center, one of Carroll’s largest employers with 670 people, 520 of them full time.

Hospital and nursing home officials made the decision after vetting 75 candidates for the position. A selection committee narrowed the field to four candidates, including Smith, who went through an interview process that culminated with two finalists.

Smith, 55, is a former three-term mayor of Carroll, having served from 2000 to 2006.

“We entered into the process of a national search knowing Ed was a leading candidate but felt it was the responsibility of the board to compare his credentials and assess his readiness for the job against a slate of top health-care executives from around the country,” said Art Neu, the immediate past chairman of the SARH board who headed up the Succession Planning Committee.  “The search firm we worked with presented some outstanding candidates. The search committee and the board of directors couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and are very excited about the future of St. Anthony with Ed in the top role.”

Smith succeeds Gary Riedmann, who served since 1992 as St. Anthony’s president and CEO before his retirement earlier this year. Smith joined St. Anthony as vice president and CFO in 1988, serving in that role before being named senior vice president in 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and holds a master’s degree in health-care administration from the University of Minnesota — where he also has served as an instructor in recent years.

Smith and his wife, Vicki, an accountant with Carroll-based Devansoy, have four grown children: Jacob, 26, an architect in Minneapolis, Minn.; Noah, 24, a credit services representative in Minneapolis; Hannah, 21, a dental hygiene student in Bend, Ore.; and Adam, 19, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he is double-majoring in accounting and economics.

SARH officials made the formal announcement at the hospital Thursday afternoon. The 10-person St. Anthony Board unanimously selected Smith.

“I’m very grateful for the board allowing me the opportunity to serve in this new role here at St. Anthony,” Smith said in an interview. “We have a very bright future, and this is a wonderful opportunity to lead the organization I love so much and work with our board, our medical staff and our employees to continue to improve upon the great success we’ve had.”

He added, “I’m looking forward to serving the community, working with others in the community, and making us a very strong regional provider.”

St. Anthony Regional Hospital was founded as a non-profit, acute care hospital in 1905 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who continue to sponsor the facility.  Today, St. Anthony operates as a 99-bed general acute care hospital and a 79-bed nursing facility.  St. Anthony also owns and operates Orchard View, a 50-unit residential retirement housing facility located adjacent to the hospital.