Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital (NNRH) today announced that Steven Simpson has been named its chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 2. Simpson will replace Rick Palagi, who is retiring after four years of service, effective March 2.
"We are delighted to welcome Steve to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital," said Robert Klein, president of LifePoint Health's Western Group, of which NNRH is a part. "His passion for delivering the highest quality care, experience enhancing patient, employee and physician satisfaction, and commitment to the communities he has served make him the ideal candidate to lead NNRH and advance the many ways it makes communities healthier."
Simpson comes to NNRH from Tennova Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown, Tennessee, where he has served as CEO for two years. During his time at Tennova Lakeway Regional Hospital, Simpson increased patient satisfaction from 57% to 90.3%; reduced door to provider time in the emergency room from 38 minutes to 18 minutes; and achieved zero serious safety events or hospital-acquired conditions for more than a year. Prior to Tennova Lakeway Regional Hospital, Simpson held several leadership positions at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tennessee.
"We wish Rick all the best in his much-deserved retirement, and we appreciate his dedicated service to our community," said Delmo Andreozzi, chair of the Governing Board at NNRH. "We want to warmly welcome Steve to Elko. We look forward to working alongside him to ensure that NNRH continues to provide the highest quality care for our community."
In Tennessee, Simpson held leadership roles with organizations including Rotary International, United Way, Kiwanis International and Encore Theatre Group. he is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Association of Physician Liaisons.
Simpson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree from Belmont University. He is moving to Elko with his wife and 11-year-old twin daughters.