St. Mary’s announces new CEO

Michael McBride

An administrator who has managed medical centers in Texas and Arkansas has been selected as the new president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction.

Michael McBride is expected to begin his new duties with St. Mary’s on Sept. 20.

McBride now serves as the regional vice president and administrator of the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital and Medical Center in San Antonio. As the senior leader in a regional market, McBride oversees nursing and multiple medical specialty service lines as well as administrative and facilities services on two campuses with 602 licensed beds and 2,000 employees.

“We are fortunate to have found such a strong leader for the future of St. Mary’s,” said Dan Roberts, chairman of the St. Mary’s Board of Directors as well as a search committee formed to hire a new CEO.

The committee was comprised of St. Mary’s board members, physicians and representatives from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, a nonprofit organization based in Kansas that operates St. Mary’s and a total of eight other hospitals in four states.

McBride will succeed Robert Ladenburger, who served as president and CEO of St. Mary’s for more than a decade before leaving at the beginning of this year to assume the same role with Exempla Health Systems in Denver.

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth also operates the Exempla system and its three Denver-area hospitals.

McBride joined Christus in 2001 as chief operating officer of the St. Joseph’s Health System in Paris, Texas. Prior to that, he served in a variety of executive positions with medical centers in Texas and Arkansas, including president of McCuisition Regional Medical Center, a 198-bed acute care hospital in Paris.

McBride holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, as well as a master’s in health care administration degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. He completed an administrative residency program at Methodist Hospitals in Dallas.

McBride holds certification as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“We welcome Mike to St. Mary’s and our Grand Valley community,” Roberts said. “We are confident that his talents and abilities will further support the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System health ministry and St. Mary’s culture of excellence for patient safety, patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes.”

McBride joins St. Mary’s shortly after the completion of the Century Project, the largest addition to the hospital in its 110-year history. The $276 million project included a 12-story patient tower as well as extensive remodeling of existing hospital facilities.