Kevin Strecker, vice president of operations for Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, has been chosen to be chief executive for the new Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa.
The hospital, scheduled to open in August, is under construction near the northeast corner of 21st and 151st West. Strecker's appointment is effective Monday.
"Kevin has all the attributes needed to successfully lead our new hospital," Randy Peterson, acting president and CEO for Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, said in a statement.
"He has a demonstrated track record for developing and maintaining positive physician relationships, solid organizational and operational skills, and a strong alignment with Via Christi's mission and core values and Catholic health care."
Strecker said, "It's a wonderful opportunity for me.... I feel fortunate to be in an organization where community need drives not only what type of services we offer but also where we offer them."
The 144,000-square-foot hospital will have 68 beds, four labor and delivery suites, six operating rooms, labs, radiology services and an emergency room. It's being built on a 120-acre campus.
As vice president for operations, Strecker has been responsible for all ancillary hospital services, neurology and behavioral health. He has been involved with the new hospital since its development began about two years ago.
Strecker is a native of Scott City and a graduate of Kansas State University. He joined Via Christi after graduation, left to earn a master's in business administration and returned in 2002. In 2003, he became vice president of Anatomi Imaging, in 2006 became vice president of imaging and laboratory services, and in 2009 became vice president of operations. His wife is an obstetrician-gynecologist.