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Via Christi Health

Randy Peterson named interim president and CEO, Via Christi Health

WICHITA, Kan. (Dec. 9, 2010) – The Board of Trustees has appointed Randy Peterson as Interim President and CEO of Via Christi Health while a search is conducted for a new CEO. Peterson will serve in this role effective December 21, 2010.

“The board is very confident in the leadership at Via Christi Health and Randy Peterson’s ability to continue implementation of Via Christi’s strategic direction and plans”, says David L. Strohm, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Via Christi Health.

Randy Peterson joined Via Christi Health in September, 2006 as senior vice president, Regional Operations, overseeing Via Christi’s hospitals in Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego. In August, 2010 he was named senior vice president, Via Christi Health Hospitals, expanding his role to include Via Christi’s hospitals in Wichita. Peterson is a former president and CEO of Salina Regional Health Center.

Via Christi Health ( is a Catholic-sponsored health ministry affiliated with the Marian Health System and Ascension Health. The largest provider of health care services in Kansas, Via Christi Health serves the region through hospitals, senior villages, physician services and health services. Via Christi Health employs more than 9,000 in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. In fiscal year 2009, Via Christi Health provided more than $78.1 million in community benefit, including care of persons who are poor, to the communities it serves.