Vernal, Utah (April 13, 2020) – Ashley Regional Medical Center (ARMC) announced that Wesley Taylor has been named its new chief executive officer (CEO). Taylor comes to ARMC from Havasu Regional Medical Center (HRMC) in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he has served as chief operating officer (COO) since 2017. His first day at ARMC will be April 30, 2020.
“We are thrilled to welcome Wes into his new role as CEO of Ashley Regional,” said Sandra Podley, president of LifePoint Health’s Western Division, of which ARMC is a part. “Wes is a great healthcare leader. He has tremendous operational expertise paired with a commitment to quality care and a dedication to community. We are confident that he is the right leader to take Ashley Regional into the future.”
During Taylor’s tenure as COO of HRMC, he oversaw several multi-million-dollar construction and renovation projects, the expansion of service lines, the recruiting of new physicians, and many staff development and community initiatives. Prior to HRMC, he held several roles at Universal Health Services, including serving as Assistant Administrator I for Southwest Healthcare System, overseeing two acute care facilities in Wildomar and Murrieta, California, and serving as Assistant Administrator II for George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Taylor began his career in healthcare as an Administrative Fellow and Transplant Institute Manager at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
“In addition to his extensive financial and operational experience, Wes brings Ashley Regional a genuine commitment to staff and ensuring that a hospital is a great place to work and build a career as well as a great dedication to ensuring that a hospital is an excellent community partner,” said Allen Parker, chair of the ARMC Board of Trustees. “We’re excited to welcome him to Vernal and to partner with him to create the next chapter in Ashley Regional’s future.”
Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, and a master’s degree in health care administration from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
“I am excited to make the move to Utah, and am honored to have the opportunity to become part of the Ashley Regional team,” Taylor said. “I have been energized by all I have learned and seen from the community, the hospital and its team so far. I’m looking forward to getting on the ground in the Uintah Basin to begin partnering with ARMC and its community to explore new ways we can collaborate to make Vernal and surrounding communities healthier.”
About Ashley Regional Medical Center
Ashley Regional Medical Center is a 39-bed, acute care Joint Commission Accredited facility located in the heart of Dinosaur Land, Utah. It serves the population of Uintah (population 28,800), Duchesne (population 16,100) and Daggett (population 960) counties in Utah and Rio Blanco county in Colorado (population 6300).
ARMC is a designated Level IV Trauma Center, has been designated as a Stroke Receiving Facility by the Utah State Department of Health, and is Chest Pain Accredited. A new, three-story Women’s Center and a new Infusion Center recently opened on site as well. The Emergency Room at Ashley Regional treats over 14,000 patients a year and is staffed 24-hours a day with a dedicated emergency room physician.
Some of the services available at ARMC include MRI, CT Scan, digital mammography, nuclear medicine studies, 4-D ultrasound, Bone Densitometry, chemotherapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, sleep lab, cardiac rehabilitation and medical laboratory. Affiliated physicians’ specialties include family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, radiology, pathology, orthopedics, ENT, general surgery, neurology, OB/GYN, podiatry, ophthalmology and psychiatry.