Steven Simpson Named CEO of Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital

February 23, 2018

Elko, NV – Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital (NNRH) today announced that Steven Simpson has been named its chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 2. Simpson will replace Rick Palagi, who is retiring after four years of service, effective March 2.

“We are delighted to welcome Steve to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital,” said Robert Klein, president of LifePoint Health’s Western Group, of which NNRH is a part. “His passion for delivering the highest quality care, his experience enhancing patient, employee and physician satisfaction, and his commitment to the communities he has served makes him the ideal candidate to lead NNRH and advance the many ways it makes its communities healthier.”

Simpson comes to NNRH from Tennova Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown, Tenn., where he has served as CEO for two years. During his time at Tennova Lakeway Regional Hospital, Simpson increased patient satisfaction from 57% to 90.3%; reduced door to provider time in the emergency room from 38 minutes to 18 minutes; and achieved zero serious safety events or hospital-acquired conditions for more than a year. Prior to Tennova Lakeway Regional Hospital, Simpson held several leadership positions at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn.  

“We wish Rick all the best in his much-deserved retirement, and we appreciate his dedicated service to our community,” said Delmo Andreozzi, Chair of the Governing Board at NNRH. “We want to warmly welcome Steve to Elko. We look forward to working alongside him to ensure that NNRH continues to provide the highest quality care for our community.”

In Tennessee, Simpson held leadership roles with organizations including Rotary International, United Way, Kiwanis International and Encore Theatre Group. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Association of Physician Liaisons.

Simpson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University. He is moving to Elko with his wife and 11-year-old twin daughters.

Steven Simpson

About Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital

Located on a 50-acre campus, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital is a state-of-the-art, acute care facility that opened in 2001. With 127,000 square feet, it features 75 all-private rooms and an adjacent medical office building. Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital is an integral part of the Elko community and the only acute care hospital within a 170-mile radius. The hospital also serves as a teaching institution for the nursing program at Great Basin College and the Residency/Medical Student Program at the University of Nevada.