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Leader of Saint Alphonsus' Boise hospital accepts Florida job

Odette Bolano of Saint Alphonsus: ‘I’m a cradle Catholic’

Odette Bolano speaks in early 2016, a few months after she arrived in Boise to lead Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Newly named the health system's CEO, she said Saint Al's being part of a Catholic health system helped attract her.
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Odette Bolano speaks in early 2016, a few months after she arrived in Boise to lead Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Newly named the health system's CEO, she said Saint Al's being part of a Catholic health system helped attract her.

The leader of Saint Alphonsus Health System's biggest hospital is leaving after two and a half years.

Odette Bolano, 58, president of the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, will become a partner in an oncology business in Florida, a health system spokesman confirmed Friday.

Bolano, a former nurse, came to Saint Alphonsus in December 2015 from Oakland, California, where she managed East Bay operations for the nonprofit giant Kaiser Permanente.

During Bolano's tenure, the Boise hospital "has seen continued growth and solid financial performance," said Brad Hoaglun, the health system's director of marketing, communications and public relations. "We are sorry to see her go."

In a memo to employees, health system CEO Rodney D. Reider credited Bolano with internal improvements that made rooms more readily available to patients, enabled speedier patient discharges and improved safety communication.

"We appreciate Odette's time with us at Saint Alphonsus, and we wish her well in all her future endeavors," Reider wrote.

In a 2016 interview for the Idaho Statesman's Business Insider magazine, Bolano said she has "a passion for Catholic health care, because of their mission and the commitment we make to the community because of that mission."

Bolano was not immediately available for comment Friday, Hoaglun said. Her last day is Friday, July 6. She will work for 21st Century Oncology, a Fort Myers company that operates 167 cancer-treatment centers in the U.S. and Latin America.

Jedd Smith, vice president of operations, will serve as interim chief operating officer during a nationwide search for Bolano's successor, Hoaglun said.

Saint Alphonsus also operates hospitals in Nampa, Ontario and Baker City, Oregon. The health system is a unit of Michigan-based Trinity Health, a nationwide Catholic nonprofit.

David Staats: 208-377-6417, @DavidStaats
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