OMAHA – An executive with more than 18 years of health care leadership experience has been named president and CEO of Methodist Fremont Health.
Steve Goeser, president and CEO of Methodist Health System, named Brett M.Richmond to the top leadership role effective Oct. 1. This date also marks the anticipated first day of operation for Methodist Fremont Health – the new organization that was formed in July as a result of the affiliation between Fremont Health and Methodist Health System.
“As we have gotten to know our partners at Fremont Health, we felt Brett would be an outstanding choice to lead the new Methodist Fremont Health organization,” Goeser said. “Brett has established great relationships at Fremont Health and throughout the community, and I look forward to working closely with him.”
Richmond has more than 18 years of experience in health care leadership positions and most recently served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Fremont Health. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri, and his master’s degree in finance from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Richmond has been active in the Fremont community, volunteering and serving on a number of community boards including the YMCA, Fremont Area United Way and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.
Also effective Oct. 1, the organization currently known as Fremont Health will have a new mission and a new name – Fremont Community Health Resources (FCHR). Its role will shift from health care operations to being stewards of the local “health community” resources. FCHR will hold title to the hospital and nursing home property, and it will lease that property to Methodist Fremont Health on a long-term basis.
The board will also be responsible for the Fremont Health pension plan, managing its assets and investments, and administering its benefits. Patrick Booth, who has served as president/CEO of Fremont Health since January of 2008, will stay on through December 2018 to lead the transition to FCHR.
“I’ve really enjoyed living and working in this community,” Booth said. “I’m very pleased with the many positive accomplishments at Fremont Health over the course of the last 10 years, which is one of many reasons I’m happy that Brett Richmond was selected to lead the new Methodist Fremont Health. I’m confident Brett will do an excellent job.”