Kittitas Valley Healthcare CEO Paul Nurick has been selected by the Washington Rural Health Association as the 2014 recipient of the Leah Layne Memorial Health Leadership Award.
The award is in remembrance of the late Leah Layne, a long-time campaigner and activist on behalf of rural health. Recipients are selected based on their leadership skills, vision, foresight, and dedication in the field of rural health.
“Paul has provided excellent vision and leadership for KVH, especially during a time of change and uncertainty for all health care organizations,” said Michael Smith, President of the Kittitas Valley Healthcare Board of Commissioners. “With his guidance, KVH has done well in comparison with many rural hospitals, both financially and in the quality of care provided. KVH and the larger community it serves is positioned to successfully meet the challenges posed by this country’s health care transformation.”
Under the leadership of Nurick, KVH Hospital was named as one of the Top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation. The rankings, published in November 2013, considered about 1300 critical access hospitals. They take into account the quality of care, health outcomes after hospitalization, patient satisfaction, affordability, market share, and financial stability of hospitals.
In addition, he has been instrumental in transforming the leadership model of the organization to support the involvement of all employees in continuous improvement, resulting in more efficient delivery of services.
Nurick joined KVH as CEO in July 2009. Prior to joining KVH he served in leadership roles for large and small health care organizations in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Nurick holds a Master of Business Administration in Health Systems Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.