KRH names new interim chief nursing officer
Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) has named Ryan Pitts, RN, the interim chief nursing officer (CNO). As CNO, Ryan will report directly to Kalispell Regional Healthcare CEO Craig Lambrecht, MD. He will participate in strategic management discussions and play a critical role in board discussions as KRH rolls out our vision and improvement strategies.
Ryan has been with KRH since 2013 and has worked in a variety of different positions across the organization.
He started off as an ER technician before becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in 2014. During that time he worked at the Brendan House and as a flight medic for A.L.E.R.T. The following year he became a registered nurse (RN) and was made a charge nurse in the emergency room shortly thereafter. He served in that role up until this past December when he was named the director of the emergency department.
Most of Ryan’s career prior to KRH was spent as a paramedic and fireman. He served as a captain with the Evergreen Fire Department for many years and currently is the director of the paramedic program at Flathead Valley Community College. With such an extensive background in lifesaving services, Ryan has made it abundantly clear that caring for his community is one of his biggest passions. Ryan holds associate degrees in paramedicine and emergency management as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Western Governors University. He is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Nursing as well.
A well respected figure at KRH, Ryan hopes to provide the necessary support and guidance to the nursing staff so that they can continue to provide excellent patient care. “I want every single employee to feel supported by their management,” he says. “If our staff is supported, our patient care will continue to thrive.” Ryan is humbled by the opportunity to serve in this position and realizes the significance of the role. “It’s a big responsibility,” he says. “But I’m also excited for the opportunities that I have to be able to affect the things I’m most passionate about.”
Ryan is married with nine children and enjoys river rafting and other outdoor activities.