Community Hospital hires chief medical officer

Dr. Thomas Tobin
Dr. Thomas Tobin

A doctor with experience in various areas of health care operations has joined Community Hospital in Grand Junction as chief medical officer.

Dr. Thomas Tobin succeeds Dr. Donald Nicolay, who served as chief medical officer for eight years before retiring. Tobin also will work in the emergency department at the hospital.

“I am excited to join such a dynamic team and look forward to working with the staff to continue providing excellence in patient care and patient safety,” Tobin said. “I am honored to be part of an organization that truly values high-quality patient care and is committed to improving the health of our community.”

Chris Thomas, president and chief executive officer at Community Hospital, welcomed the addition. “We are extremely excited to have Dr. Tobin join our team,” Thomas said. “His level of expertise will prove invaluable as we work to move our organization forward. The hiring committee was incredibly impressed by Dr. Tobin’s critical thinking skills and his strong understanding of the intersection between business operations and medicine.”

Since Community Hospital opened a new facility in 2016, patient volumes have increased more than 40 percent, Thomas said. The hospital also has added new service lines, including labor and delivery, orthopedics and sports medicine and medical and radiation oncology.

Tobin brings to his duties experience as president of TT Enterprises, a consulting firm in Spokane, Wash., that contracts with hospitals and group practices for emergency medicine staffing. Tobin also brings to his position experience in electronic medical records system implementation, medical operations planning, quality assurance and rural health care delivery protocols.

Tobin holds a medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York and master’s of business administration degree from the University of Tennessee. He trained in emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.