Health care executive named network leader of the year

Carolyn Bruce

Carolyn Bruce, chief executive officer of the Western Healthcare Alliance based in Grand Junction, has been selected by the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) as Outstanding Network Leader of the Year.

The award was announced during a conference in Arizona. Winners were nominated and selected by their peers from among network leaders with at least five years of experience.

“Carolyn Bruce and Western Healthcare Alliance have been an asset to NCHN members,” said Rebecca Davis, executive director of the NCHN. “She is always willing to share best practices and assist other members with network sustainability strategies.”

Formed in 1989, the Western Healthcare Alliance is a not-for-profit network of 26 hospitals and health services providers in Colorado. Under Bruce’s tenure over the past 13 years, the group has grown into four, separate limited liability companies with a total staff of more than 75 employees. The alliance offers a range of services, among them debt collection, employee benefits and group purchasing. In addition to the programs and services the group provides to its members, the Western Health Care Alliance also provides services to the Frontline Laboratory Network with a total of 24 members in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming as well as the 32-member California Critical Access Hospital Network.

Bruce brings to her duties more than 20 years of experience in health care administration and holds a master’s degree in business administration.