Terri Kane Named Healthcare Executive of the Year

30 October 2017
Terri Kane receives the Distinguished Healthcare Executive Award from Intermountain SVP/COO Rob Allen. Terri Kane receives the Distinguished Healthcare Executive Award from Intermountain SVP/COO Rob Allen. Nick Struhs

Terri Kane, vice president of Intermountain Healthcare’s South Region and CEO of Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, was recently awarded the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Executive Award by the Utah Hospital Association. The award, presented during the Association’s Fall Leadership Conference at Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Utah’s healthcare community. Criteria evaluated for the honor include the candidate’s administrative excellence, professional performance and leadership qualities.

Kane has had a long and exemplary career as a healthcare leader. She has served as vice president of Intermountain Healthcare’s Southwest Region since 2010 and CEO of Dixie Regional Medical Center since 2006. Kane arrived in St. George to serve as Dixie’s chief operating officer in 2001. Her career at Intermountain Healthcare spans 33 years and, in addition to her hospital leadership roles, includes five years leading the women and children’s clinical program for the Intermountain Healthcare system. Kane has been responsible for overseeing the implementation of several innovative programs in southern Utah, including the establishment of Intermountain Cancer Genomics. Neurosurgery services, hyperbaric medicine and open heart surgery services have also been added during her tenure, as well as renovation of the 400 East Campus.

As a registered nurse, meeting the healthcare workforce needs of Utah’s Southwest region is a priority for Kane. She worked in collaboration with Dixie State University to bring the Taylor Health Sciences Building to reality. In addition to the building, she and other leaders have worked tirelessly to cultivate health occupations programs with Dixie State, including nursing, surgical technology, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, medical assistant, and medical technology. Her efforts will help fill the pipeline to meet Utah’s growing healthcare needs.

Kane is highly respected and recognized throughout southern Utah as an effective and caring leader. She earned Intermountain Healthcare’s Manager of Distinction Award in 2003 for her efforts in opening the Dixie Regional’s new River Road campus. She was named St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year in 2009 and accepted the Woman of Achievement Award from the local chapter of Business and Professional Women in 2011. Dixie State University awarded her the Distinctive Citizen Award in May 2014. That fall, Utah Business magazine featured her as a Healthcare Hero for the state of Utah.

On a national level, Terri has served as the president of the Neonatal Nurses National Association and served on the metropolitan council of the American Hospital Association.

“Terri models servant leadership, inspiring all to achieve great goals through recognition, compassion, accountability and excellent work,” commented Greg Bell, UHA President and CEO. “Terri dreams big, sets priorities for steps along the way, then coaches and guides execution of the details. The number of national honors and awards Dixie Regional has received increased dramatically after Terri took the helm. While no one person is responsible for these honors, a common denominator is Terri’s leadership.”