Health Care

Senior executive will oversee all Via Christi hospitals

Randy Peterson's role at Via Christi Health has been expanded to include oversight of all of Via Christi's hospitals, including those in Wichita.

Peterson, a senior vice president at Via Christi Health, has been in charge of regional operations, overseeing Via Christi's hospitals in Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego.

Since April, he also has been acting CEO of Via Christi hospitals in Wichita, following the resignation of Michalene Maringer.

The expanded role was announced Friday by Kevin Conlin, president and CEO of Via Christi Health.

In effect, it formalized and made permanent the job Peterson has had over the past several months, Conlin said.

Peterson will appoint a president for each of the acute care hospitals in Wichita, Conlin said. In the past, Via Christi's Wichita operations have had a regional leadership team.

Kevin Strecker is the chief executive for Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa; that appointment was announced in May.

Conlin said Peterson will choose a "clearly delineated, campus-based leader" for Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, for Via Christi Hospital on East Harry and for Via Christi Behavioral Health Center and Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital.

Conlin said Peterson would begin immediately "to determine who will be placed in what positions."

Strecker, the three new leaders in Wichita and the leaders of the hospitals in Wamego, Manhattan and Pittsburg, will all report to Peterson.

Conlin said having a leader at each campus with an executive over all of them allowed Via Christi "to further connect all our hospitals and take advantage of the talent and scale we enjoy as a health system."

Before joining Via Christi in 2006, Peterson was president and CEO of Salina Regional Health Center.