After conducting a nationwide search led by healthcare search firm B. E. Smith, Swift County-Benson Hospital has hired Kurt Waldbillig as its Chief Executive Officer. A skilled healthcare executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience, Waldbillig assumes his duties on Monday, March 23. He replaces current SCBH CEO Frank Lawatsch who is retiring after 18 years at the SCBH helm.
“Kurt brings extensive experience leading rural healthcare organizations, a successful track record in physician recruitment, and a dedicated focus on providing high-quality patient care to the community,” said Kory Johnson, Swift County-Benson Hospital Board Chair. “We are excited to have Kurt join our senior executive team and are confident that under his leadership the hospital will continue to meet the expanding healthcare needs of the community.”
Formerly, Waldbillig served as vice president of physician services at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, N.D. In this role, he provided leadership for an outreach network consisting of seven managed critical access facilities and four affiliated critical access hospitals, as well as the daily operations of the primary care clinics and 12 specialty physician clinics. Previous executive positions include serving as chief executive officer at Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, N.D., Jacobson Memorial Hospital in Elgin, N.D., and Richardton Health Care Center in Richardton, N.D.
“Swift County-Benson Hospital was seeking a dynamic healthcare executive with comprehensive rural healthcare experience and a proven capability to build strong collaborative relationships with physicians and the community,” said Mark Madden, senior vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith. “Kurt’s experience and leadership style were the perfect fit.”
Waldbillig earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the University of Bismarck and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He is a member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).