The votes are tallied, and Sue Critzer is the winner.
In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the St. John’s Medical Center Board of Trustees appointed Critzer to the seat Liz Masek is vacating. Critzer was one of four applicants to interview with the board Tuesday morning.
“I feel honored to be appointed,” Critzer said, “and am just looking forward to continuing the relationship that I’ve had for the last 10 years.”
That relationship started when she began volunteering with the hospital in 2008 when she retired and moved to Wilson. She moved into the role of St. John’s Auxiliary president, a title she held for four years and earned her some recognition around the hospital.
“She doubled the Auxiliary in her time there,” board Chairwoman Cynthia Hogan said.
Critzer has been a board advisor for the past year and a half and, she said, has had many “opportunities” to be a patient at St. John’s. She credits that compendium of experience with giving her knowledge of how the hospital functions from the administrative side while allowing her to hold the patient perspective in mind.
She also brings three decades of experience leading companies, including in the medical device field. That high-level financial experience may come in handy as the hospital erects Sage Living, adds new specialties and aims to maintain quality patient experiences.
“We want to make sure that we are able to offer that on an ongoing basis by, you know, maintaining our quality of care, but also being financially responsible,” she said. “I think all my experiences will help.”
Critzer will serve in the role until the general election in 2020, at which time she’ll can run to secure the remainder of the term, which ends in 2022.
The other three applicants brought a variety of experience and impressed the board. Vicki Rosenberg is a contract nurse with the Teton County Health Department who was excited to usher in the hospital’s transition to a new moniker: St. John’s Health. Bob Halper is a former radiologist with hospital administration experience and a St. John’s Hospital Foundation board member. Michael Coles is a business executive who sits on the foundation board.
Several trustees called the candidate pool the best they had seen.
Trustee Linda Aurelio brought the votes — written on the backs of the meeting’s agendas, except for the one written on a paper snack plate — to Critzer as she packed her bag to head to the Light the Town Pink event.
“I’m going to take these home and show them to Kevin,” her husband, she said.