Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital Names CEO: Interim CEO Rick Palagi appointed to position on permanent basis

September 19, 2014

Elko, Nv. (September 17, 2014) – 

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital (NNRH) announced today that Richard (Rick) Palagi has been appointed its chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Palagi has served as interim CEO of the hospital since August 7, 2014, following the retirement of Gene Miller. 

“Rick has an extensive background in healthcare management and has proven himself an asset to the hospital since he began serving as interim CEO in August,” said Brad Owens, chief operating officer of LifePoint Hospitals’ Western Group, of which NNRH is a part. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated success in overseeing hospital strategy and operations, expanding key service lines and developing strong physician relationships. We are fortunate to have him assume the hospital’s top leadership post.” 

Palagi brings more than 30 years of healthcare management experience to NNRH. For the past four years, he was president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario, Ore. Prior to that, he served as senior executive officer/chief administrative officer of Northwest Healthcare in Kalispell, Mont.; president and CEO of Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Sac, Wis.; CEO of St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby, Mont.; in executive leadership positions with Saint Vincent Hospital and Health Center in Billings, Mont.; and as founder/principal of a physician practice management consulting firm. 

“During Rick’s tenure as interim CEO, it quickly became apparent that he was the strongest, most qualified candidate to lead Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital into the future,” said Delmo Andreozzi, chairman of the NNRH Board of Trustees. “We are very excited to have Rick continue to lead our hospital and serve the Elko community.” 

Palagi holds a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado’s School of Business in Denver.