West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell hires new CEO, a Denver hospital exec

newsroom@idahostatesman.comFebruary 4, 2014 

West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell has named Betsy Hunsicker as its new CEO.

Hunsicker will start the job March 3, according to a news release from West Valley. She currently is chief operating officer at Rose Medical Center, a 275-bed hospital in Denver.

"When I visited this hospital for the first time, it was immediately obvious that it is a great source of pride for the community, as well as hospital employees and physicians," Hunsicker said.

West Valley and Rose Medical Center both are owned by HCA Healthcare, a chain of about 160 hospitals and 113 surgery centers nationwide.

West Valley announced in November that its former CEO, Julie Taylor, had taken a job as CEO of Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

Hunsicker said one of her goals at West Valley is to "continue to provide the high quality care and personalized attention for which this hospital is known, while developing new programs and services for patients and their families."

In addition to her role as a Denver hospital executive, Hunsicker currently sits on the board of The Denver Hospice and is part of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee.

Hunsicker spent 11 years at Rose Medical Center and previously worked for PacifiCare Health Systems (now part of United Healthcare), Kaiser Permanente in Denver and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

She has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and dual master's degrees in health services administration and business administration from the University of Florida.

Hunsicker will bring her husband Jeff and their two children to Caldwell.

"My husband and I always envisioned living in a town where neighbors are connected and people are invested in the future," Hunsicker said. "Caldwell definitely fits that bill."

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