Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Hires New CNO

Lenexa, Kansas (PRWEB) December 14, 2011

After conducting a nationwide executive searchled by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyo., has hired Deborah Gaspar to fill the role of chief nursing officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with more than 23 years of executive leadership experience, Gaspar will assume her new duties at Memorial Hospital on December 19, 2011.

“Deb brings many years of successful nursing leadership at healthcare organizations similar to ours, with a track record of leading the delivery of outstanding quality care and achieving stellar outcomes, as well as improving financial and service line performance. We’re excited to have her join our team,” said Jerry Klein, chief executive officer, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.

Prior to joining Memorial Hospital, Gaspar served in an interim position as system director of nursing and patient support services at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. Her career as a healthcare executive has included roles as chief nursing officer at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore.; administrative vice president of perioperative services at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore.; vice president, patient care services at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario, Ore.; and vice president of patient care services at Deaconess-Billings Clinic Medical Center in Billings, Mont. Gaspar completed a master’s degree in nursing at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Ore.; a master’s degree of public administration in health administration at Portland State University in Portland, Ore.; and a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colo. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

“Memorial Hospital needed a nursing executive with a proven ability to establish relationships with all key stakeholders while successfully leading the nursing division forward,” according to Dr. Kathy Noland, vice president of senior executive search for B. E. Smith, the leadership solutions firm who conducted the nationwide CNO search for Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. “Deb’s skills and background were a perfect fit.”

About Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County:

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is a nonprofit, acute care facility located in Rock Springs in southwest Wyoming. Accredited by The Joint Commission, the hospital’s highly trained professionals deliver quality care with the newest technology. Services include inpatient and outpatient surgery; intensive care; obstetrics; an emergency department; a full-service laboratory; a cardiopulmonary/respiratory department that includes a sleep disorder laboratory; and a medical imaging department offering MRI, ultrasound and mammography as well as a 64-slice CT scanner. Memorial Hospital recently expanded its facility with the completion of a $52 million construction/renovation project. For more information, visit

About B. E. Smith:

Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service leadership solutions firm for healthcare providers. B. E. Smith’s comprehensive suite of services includes Interim Healthcare Leadership, Permanent Executive Placements and Consulting Solutions. The company is comprised of veteran healthcare leaders who partner with each client to create solutions that uniquely fit their needs. B. E. Smith, the No. 1 ranked executive search firm by Modern Healthcare, maintains one of the largest databases of skilled healthcare leadership and interim executive candidates in the industry and recently placed more than 600 total leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 877-802-4593.