Wellness board hires Mark Rogers as new Wahzhazhe Overall health Middle CEO

The WahZhaZhe Overall health Middle has hired a new Main Executive Officer, this time a man with nine many years of working experience primary the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Wellness Authority and stints as the administrator of six unique hospitals in Oklahoma just before that.

The announcement that the Si-Si A-Pe-Txa Board (Well being Authority Board) experienced hired Mark E. Rogers, arrived two days right after he commenced work on July 13.

Rogers, who is Cherokee, is getting in excess of the clinic after it has had a rocky yr but is poised for unprecedented advancement with a new clinic prepared for Main Road in Pawhuska that will be 5 times the dimensions of the current clinic.

“It is a terrific privilege to be in this article working with the Osage Country Health and fitness Providers,” Rogers reported in a organized launch. “The strategic vision of the Osage Nation, the Overall health Board, and the Health and fitness Leadership Workforce all performing jointly to take the Tribe’s Well being Services to new heights, was an chance I am humbled, and honored, to be a portion of.”

At Absentee Shawnee, Rogers appears to have been very well-appreciated. He was very well-praised by colleagues when the tribe introduced his departure, and 1 staff, a therapist named Jon Lee Soap Jr. was specially effusive: “See you later on to the ideal personnel ever employed by the Absentee Shawnee Tribe.”

In June, the Absentee declared the expansion of its Little Axe Clinic, and it has produced two cell dental and vaccine clinics that go to patients fairly than have patients travel for healthcare treatment. The tribe compacted its healthcare technique in the early 1990s, making it one particular of the first to do so.

Rogers has been the CEO of the Absentee Shawnee well being technique considering that 2014. According to his resume, the AST clinics greater earnings and assets from $27 million to $107 million under his leadership and lowered workforce turnover from 300 p.c to significantly less than 2.5 %. For the duration of that time span, AST also had no lawsuits, Equal Employment Option or labor law grievances, and failed no surveys from the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid.

Ahead of AST, Rogers was CEO at Oklahoma City’s Kindred Hospitals, which he aided stabilize immediately after the two hospitals have been ruined by an EF-5 tornado. At Kindred, he also elevated income and was mentioned for his aid retaining distinctive providers, his resume explained.

Among 2002 and 2012, he was CEO at the 49-mattress Pushmataha County Healthcare facility. He arrived in to that position as the healthcare facility was facing closure and applied a turnaround strategy that restored the hospital to profitability in just a year – and earned it a cleanse audit, his resume says.

He has also labored for Assiniboine, Sioux and Choctaw nations as perfectly as with Alaskan Natives on Kodiak Island.

Rogers is now obtaining a doctorate in healthcare administration and is an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma’s University of Community Health and fitness. He was aspect of a workforce that attended a discussion board at Harvard University’s University of General public Health to revise a national health care software – that later on grew to become the Reasonably priced Care Act. He has also garnered quite a few awards for his function with elders and veterans as nicely as for the AST’s response during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has a master’s stage certificate in health care administration from the U.S. Air Power, in which he has served for 37 a long time. A adorned Gulf War veteran, he is at this time a lieutenant colonel in the Oklahoma Nationwide Guard as the senior wellness products and services administrator with the 137th Special Operations Wing, Special Operations Health-related Team. He is from southeast Oklahoma, is married, and has three kids and three grandchildren.