IHC appoints Park City hospital administrator
As West Summit County speedily develops and the East Side remains determinedly rural, how can a community hospital hope to meet everyone’s needs?
Rob Allen, the newly appointed administrator and CEO of the Intermountain Healthcare Park City Medical Center at Quinn’s Junction, has experience in both lifestyles.
Born in Star Valley, Wyo. and educated in Utah, Allen took his first jobs as a health-care administrator in Evanston.
"I was interested in health care. My mother was a nurse, I was more interested in the business side. I wanted to contribute to the community, and health care is a field where we can and do make a difference," he said.
His grandfather grew up on a farm in Snyderville before moving to Wyoming, where eventually Allen was raised on a dairy farm. He not only knows farmers and ranchers, but he knows what they need from a hospital.
With some experience under his belt, Allen moved East to run community hospitals in suburban communities in Massachusetts and New Jersey, just minutes away from Philadelphia and Boston.
Allen said he can draw several parallels between those communities and Park City. With nationally recognized hospitals just down the freeway, suburban hospitals don’t need the same lists of specialists, but at the same time, those communities deserve the best services they can get.
"I feel very comfortable interacting with folks around the county. I appreciate that diversity and think it will add to what we can do with the hospital because a hospital draws its strength from the community," he said.
Allen said he really enjoys working for rural hospitals because of the interaction with the surrounding community it allows.
"It’s a chance to really get engaged in community itself," he said.
As a CEO, it’s possible get involved in a lot of community things outside the scope of hospital administration, he said. From service opportunities to public initiatives about wellness and health, it’s possible to get engaged in a way not practical in large cities.
"I’ve really enjoyed that throughout my career and the settings I’ve been in," he said.
In a press release, Jon Hoopes, chief operating officer for IHC’s rural hospitals, said Allen was chosen because he is a capable leader who understands both people and health care.
"He’s effective as a strategist, a team-builder, and a friend, and he’s especially effective in building strong partnerships in the communities he works in," Hoopes said.
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