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North Valley Hospital names new CEO

After a successful search process, the North Valley Hospital Board of Directors announced today that Kevin Abel has been named CEO of the 25-bed critical access hospital. The selection was made by the North Valley Hospital Board of Directors and ratified by the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Board of Trustees. Abel officially begins his position on April 2, 2018.

“Kevin will bring a unique skill set and breadth of experience to North Valley Hospital,” said Jane Karas, chair of the North Valley Hospital Board of Directors. “The Board is extremely pleased that Kevin has accepted the position. We are confident that he is the right person to lead North Valley Hospital into the future.”

Abel comes to North Valley Hospital from Lake Chelan Community Hospital and Clinics in Chelan, Washington, where he has served as chief executive officer since 2009. There he led a health system consisting of five locations and 284 caregivers with a critical access hospital, a chemical dependency clinic, a primary care clinic, specialty care clinics, an EMS agency, rehabilitation services and mental health.

With more than 18 years in health care, Abel’s experience spans health care finance, quality, facilities, human resources, marketing, contract negotiations, board relations and strategic planning. His leadership philosophy includes fostering an environment of respect and collaboration by developing positive relationships with providers, caregivers and business partners.

In his free time, Abel and his family enjoy hiking, skiing, fishing and all the outdoors has to offer.

"I was very impressed by the team of physicians and staff at North Valley Hospital. They have created a genuine, caring environment where patient care comes first,” said Abel. “My family is excited about moving to Montana and becoming active members of the Whitefish community."