August 23, 2023

UHA President Greg Bell announces retirement

UHA President/CEO Greg Bell has announced his retirement, effective at the end of 2023. In an email to members, Bell shared some personal thoughts about his 10-year tenure and the search process for his replacement:

"At UHA’s recent Board of Trustees meeting I announced I will be retiring as President/CEO of UHA at the end of 2023 after 10 years of service. It has been an honor and privilege to represent you and your hospitals and be a small part of helping you provide the best healthcare possible to your communities. “An honor and a privilege” may sound cliched, but it has been all of that for me. I have proudly represented you to our governors, legislature, federal delegation, AHA, the healthcare and business communities and the citizens of Utah.

Here are some highlights of the last ten years:

  • Our first report on Utah’s behavioral health system in 2019, which contributed to the building of several 23-hour centers and other far-reaching innovations in the behavioral health crisis system. 
  • Our new draft follow-on Behavioral Health Master Plan here for the top to bottom “remodeling” of Utah’s mental health and substance use disorder system. 
  • Enhancing our future workforce, especially through the Healthcare Workforce Advisory Commission, of which UHA is a critical part. 
  • Formation of Get Heathy Utah promoting active living and healthy eating among Utahns to improve population health in Utah.
  • Worked through Medicaid expansion, including in the 2023 legislative session a highly significant expansion of our Medicaid assessment program, which will bring sorely needed financial relief to most Utah hospitals.
  • The unexpected zenith of our cooperative work was facing the Covid-19 pandemic, a calamity of massive proportions which stretched all of us to our limits.

UHA Board Chair Charlton Park, with input from the UHA Board of Trustees, is finalizing the details of the recruitment process. The interview process will be led by the UHA Executive Committee throughout the fall. The goal is to identify my successor and present the candidate for ratification at the last board meeting of the year on Friday, November 17th. 

The posting for my position is attached; we invite you to share it with those who are qualified and may find the position of interest. UHA will be accepting applications until Friday, September 15th. 

Greg Rosenvall, UHA’s Director of Rural Hospital Improvement, will also be retiring at the end of 2023. Greg has been an exemplary advocate for Utah’s rural hospitals and will be sorely missed. He has been the best of colleagues for us all. We wish Greg all the best as he begins this new chapter in his life. The search to replace Greg is underway, with the goal of identifying his successor by our fall leadership conference starting on October 18th.   

Lastly, I want to thank my incredible colleagues at UHA, our sage and talented UHA Board of Trustees, and all of you for the opportunity to improve healthcare delivery in this place I call home. It has been a capstone of my professional career."

More information on this employment opportunity can be found in the provided attachment.