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Madison Memorial Hospital Names New CEO

Madison Memorial Hospital has chosen a new CEO.

The Board of Trustees unanimously selected Rachel Gonzales to head the Rexburg hospital. Gonzales succeeds David B. Rowe, who stepped down after three years as the hospital’s CEO on May 20, 2011.

?During the 10 months that Rachel has served as interim administrator, she has earned the trust and respect of the board, staff, managers, and directors. As a board, we are confident that her vision, skills and leadership are what we need to move the hospital forward in the challenging future,? said Chairman Kent Vernon in a news release Friday.

Gonzales was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Hawaii.

She attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She received a master?s in nursing from the University of Phoenix, and completed her doctorate of management in organizational leadership, also with the University of Phoenix.

After graduating from Westminster, she worked as a home care case manager. She subsequently became director of Home Care Services for Home Health and Hospice and chief nursing officer/assistant CEO for Teton Valley Health Center. She then served as the interim chief executive officer for Teton Valley Health Center before coming to Madison Memorial Hospital as the chief operations officer. She also taught undergraduate, graduate and doctoral health care courses online for the past 11 years.

?I am very grateful to the Board for the opportunity to serve in this capacity and lead this outstanding organization,? said Gonzales. ?The hospital and medical staff have really come together over the past 10 months and I want to thank them for their hard work and support. Their effective teamwork has been a catalyst of our growing success. I?m truly excited for our future.”

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