Jim Gleason joins Wyoming Medical Center Foundation as executive director

By Kristy Bleizeffer Apr 1, 2019

Jim Gleason is the executive director of the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation.

The Wyoming Medical Center Foundation is happy to announce it has selected Jim Gleason as its executive director.

Gleason takes the helm as the Foundation embarks on a capital campaign to build the new Interventional Suite, located in the old hospital cafeteria next to the ER entrance. The suite will offer biplane imaging, a digital x-ray machine with two rotating cameras that can move side-to-side and front-to-back to produce the most detailed 3D images currently available to physicians. These detailed images of soft tissue and blood vessels allow physicians to pinpoint illness or injury and create a precise plan of treatment.

“In simple terms, it will allow our doctors to do real-time procedures on people using a probe instead of a scalpel.  They will simultaneously assess and treat life-threatening conditions with super-pin-point accuracy and save lives of people experiencing a stroke, traumatic accident or cancer,” Gleason said. “On the continuum between helplessness and hope, this will put more people on the right side of the scale.  Nobody else in Wyoming is doing this.”

Throughout his career, Gleason led major gifts programs and managed successful capital campaigns, including work for Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl and a critical access hospital in Montana where he raised funds for the construction of a new facility. He most recently spent two years in Cody where he worked as a major gifts fundraiser for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Foundation. WMC truly is Wyoming’s hospital and the medical team is committed to making sure people have the best treatment options available to them. The Foundation is helping bridge this gap by raising funds to meet these needs,” he said.

Jim and his wife, Heidi, have two sons. An occupational therapist, Heidi most recently worked at Cody Regional Health where she served patients in home health, acute care and in the long-term care facility.

“Heidi is an OT, my mom was a nurse who worked in the ICU, my mother-in-law was a nurse on a pediatrics unit and my grandma was a labor and delivery nurse,” Gleason said. “I have a lot of respect for people working on the front lines of health care.”