TVH Board Announces CEO Departure

The Teton Valley Health (TVH) Board of Directors announced Friday, September 9, 2022, that Keith Gnagey will be departing his role as TVH CEO.

The existing and anticipated growth of Teton Valley will put new pressures on healthcare. With this growth in mind, The TVH Board had recently been looking at the long-term strategic vision of the hospital and determined a new CEO should help guide and direct that vision. The Board asked Mr. Gnagey to stay as CEO during the search. Mr. Gnagey felt he could better help the hospital by stepping down immediately and help usher in new leadership.

“We appreciate Keith’s willingness to make it a smooth transition and assist in the new search,” says Board Vice Chair Jo Anne Kay.

Since 2010 as a member of the Board of Directors and since 2012 as TVH’s CEO Mr. Gnagey successfully guided the hospital through many important changes and challenging times. In 2013 Mr. Gnagey helped guide Teton Valley Hospital through the complex transition from being a county owned hospital to its current non-profit status, reducing risk to county taxpayers.

During Mr. Gnagey’s tenure the hospital grew significantly.  It moved to a new clinic in Victor, opened Idaho’s first retail clinic in Driggs, tripled the size of the thrift store, and remodeled the east side of the hospital into specialty and outpatient clinic areas.

In addition, the services offered grew as well. The number of family providers tripled, and Aesthetics, Cardiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Pain Management, and Pulmonology were added as on-site specialties. Oncology, Stroke , Burn, Psych, Crisis Management, Respiratory, and Infectious Disease were added as telemedicine offerings.  Additional Pediatrics and Neurosurgery consults are being added this fall.

The Emergency room and hospital staff was augmented with more local physicians to expand TVH’s capabilities for the community especially the support of Swing bed patients. In 2016, under Mr. Gnagey’s leadership Teton Valley Hospital became the first Critical Access Hospital to earn three advanced-care certifications: Level IV Trauma Center, STEMI II (cardiac emergency care), and Stroke III emergency response expertise. TVH upgraded all of it major IT systems in 2017, replacing the Electronic Medical Records system, payroll, timekeeping, human resources, and accounting systems

More recently, Mr. Gnagey rose to the challenges and pressures COVID-19 presented and helped guide the hospital and our community through an extremely turbulent time. Mr. Gnagey also served on the board of the Idaho Hospital Association, the IHA Ventures board, the Hospital Cooperative, the Eastern Idaho Care Partners Accountable Care Organization, and the regional hospital consortium.

“We wish to thank Keith for his 10 years of dedicated services at TVH,” says Board Chair Mike Wine, DDS. “His leadership has played a critical role in the development and success we have experienced as a healthcare system, and we will be forever grateful.”

The search for a new CEO will begin immediately. During that time, the senior team at TVH will assume daily responsibilities while an interim CEO is selected.

Mr. Gnagey will continue as a Board member and continue to support the hospital in its recruiting efforts for a new CEO.

“I believe very strongly in TVH, its staff, and our service to the community,” says Gnagey. “Regardless of the status of any individual, TVH must continue to grow and prosper and meet its mission in serving our valley.”