Wyoming Medical Center President and CEO Vickie Diamond announces her retirement
By Kristy Bleizeffer Nov 17, 2016
Vickie Diamond, President and CEO of Wyoming Medical Center, announced her retirement today after 13 years at the hospital, eight years as President and CEO and more than 40 years in health care.
Though she expects her last day to be July 1, 2017, she will stay on until the new President and CEO is selected.
“Wyoming Medical Center has been a wonderful organization for which to work, and I will miss everyone. However, it is time for me to enter the next phase in my life and time for new leadership to take the helm of WMC,” Diamond said. “My heart will always be with WMC and with the people who serve here. I hope I have left the hospital in a better place than when I started, and I thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity to end my career with WMC.”
The Wyoming Medical Center Board of Directors will initiate a nationwide search for a new CEO and encourages all local and regional candidates to apply. They are in the process of selecting a national search firm to assist in recruiting the top candidates.
“Vickie Diamond will remain CEO until the new President and CEO is in place, and she will by no means be a lame duck leader,” said board chairman John Masterson. “We have not had the chance for such a careful and deliberate transition to new leadership in a very long time, and the Board of Directors will take advantage of this opportunity to ensure the selection is the best possible for our community hospital.
“Vickie has been a strong and compassionate leader at our community hospital for more than eight years. Under her watch, Wyoming Medical Center has built nationally recognized heart and stroke programs that have saved countless lives, including those of our family, friends and neighbors. Our hospital has grown to include state-of-the-art facilities and services, and has attracted a wide network of medical specialists to ensure we don’t need to travel far from home to get excellent and compassionate health care,” Masterson said.
Diamond came to Wyoming Medical Center in July 2004 as Chief Nursing Officer. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2005 and was selected CEO on Feb. 28, 2008. She has worked alongside Wyoming legislators, governors and policy makers to improve health care across the state. She has served as board president of the Wyoming Hospital Association and chairwoman of the Region 8 Policy Board for the American Hospital Association. She has also been active with the Wyoming Business Alliance, Rotary International and other community organizations.
In 2013, she was named the first Woman of Influence in health care at the Wyoming Women of Influence award luncheon in Cheyenne. Becker’s Hospital Review also named her one of its “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.”
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Vickie for her years of dedicated service to our patients, our staff and our medical providers,” Masterson said. “Vickie is a leader of exceptional abilities who has seen our hospital through good and difficult times in one of the most difficult jobs in our state. We are sorry to see her go, but I’m sure you will join me in wishing her the best as she enjoys the next chapter in her life.”