New hospital CEO sets sights on growth

Mercy Regional Medical Center, a Durango-based hospital affiliated with Centennial-based Centura Health, faces the uncertain health-care future by adding new services.

Said CEO Will McConnell in an interview with the Durango Herald, “Being able to provide the same level of service and being reimbursed much less, that’s a hard equation to solve.”

McConnell, new in his CEO position, has set his sights on maintaining the hospital’s growth and is doing so with the addition of a hospice care unit later this year and the addition of specialty doctors and professionals as conditions warrant. The hospital recently added an internal medicine doctor who specializes in caring for those with obesity and related chronic conditions, like diabetes. The hospital is also looking to continue partnerships with other regional providers such as those in Pagosa Springs and Cortez, McConnell said.

McConnell earned his doctorate from Colorado State University.


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