Hospital names new CEO

Cavazos is only 4th administrator in hospital’s 57 years

Great Plains Health Alliance and Republic County Hospital announced that David-Paul Cavazos has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (hospital administrator) for Republic County Hospital. Cavazos brings more than 10 years of healthcare experience to RCH with strengths in strategic leadership, physician relationships, and project management.

His depth of knowledge in healthcare markets, executive leadership, and focus on providing quality patient care is in keeping with the mission and vision of our hospital, said a press release from GPHA.

“We are very excited to have David-Paul Cavazos join the RCH team,” said JH Seitz, regional vice president for GPHA. “The fact that he has a very strong background in physician relationships and believes in quality patient care showed me that he is the best fit for this hospital. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the community.”

Over the past several years, Cavazos has had numerous leadership positions including Chief Operations Officer, Director of Physician Recruitment, and Senior Marketing Director. Cavazos said he sees Republic County Hospital as continuing to be a viable part of the community and foresees “that we will continue to provide the highest quality of care and strive for excellent patient outcomes.

Cavazos will be only the fourth administrator at Republic County Hospital since it opened in 1960. Bonnie Elliott, RN, was the first administrator, followed by Charles Westin. Blaine Miller, who has been administrator for more than 15 years, will retire in August. Miller and his wife, Kathy, who is employed in the medical records department of the hospital, plan to remain in Belleville.