Former Elmendorf CEO chosen to take over at Soldotna hospital

Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002

Central Peninsula General Hospital has a new chief executive officer.

Following a six-month, nationwide search, the hospital's board of directors selected David Gilbreath from a field of more than 20 candidates.

Gilbreath recently signed a contract with the hospital and will begin his duties as new CEO on Tuesday. He previously served as CEO for the U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Elmendorf in Anchorage. He has more than 25 years of experience in health care and hospital management.

According to CPGH Inc. President Diana Zirul, Gilbreath's extensive experience in the field made him an ideal fit for the hospital.

"The board feels very confident that David will bring a leadership style that will move this organization forward in the coming years," Zirul said in a press release issued Wednesday by the hospital.

Gilbreath, who has been living in Washington since he retired from the Air Force in July, said he's excited to be coming back to Alaska.

"We have family in Anchorage and are looking forward to coming back to Alaska and becoming part of the community," he said.

Gilbreath was chosen to replace interim hospital administrator Carolyn Riley, an employee of management consulting firm Quorum Health Resources, whose last day with CPGH will be Friday.

Quorum entered into its agreement with CPGH Inc. in May 2001 after former administrator Martin Richman resigned earlier that month.

Both hospital staff and administration were in on the selection process. Dr. Curt Buchholz, secretary of the hospital's medical staff, said physicians involved in interviewing Gilbreath were pleased with the board's choice.

"We are all very optimistic about working with him in light of the excellent physician relationships he developed at Elmendorf," Buchholz said.

Zirul agreed that Gilbreath's management style will benefit the hospital and noted the fact that he's familiar with the area certainly helps, too.

"His background, enthusiasm and experience in Alaska make him a good fit for our hospital and our community," she said.

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