Vail hospital hires new chief executive
VAIL ” Vail Valley Medical Center has named a Joliet, Ill., hospital executive its top administrator.
Greg Repetti, from the 297-bed Silver Cross Hospital about 25 miles south of Chicago, will assume duties June 20. Repetti, 46, is the 49-bed Vail hospital’s third chief executive in three years.
He fills the vacancy created last fall when Tom Zellers departed just a year after taking the job. Zellers replaced Cliff Eldredge, who had held the position for five years. Hospital board president Ed O’Brien has been acting chief executive since Zeller’s departure.
“Greg is an open and friendly personality that fits our needs.” O’Brien said. “His management style can best be described as fair, supportive and one that gives leeway to his subordinates. He is very visible in his current hospital position, and practices management by walking around on all shifts, including weekends.”
Repetti and his wife Angie are not strangers to this area. She lived here from 1983 until 1991. They met in Vail and married in Beaver Creek and now have two small children.
“The biggest challenge facing the medical center is how to grow with the community,” Repetti aid Tuesday. “At the VVMC we have to make sure we can continue to grow to meet the needs of our resort guests and residents.”
Repetti was born in New York City and raised in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Yale University with a biology degree and received a master’s degree in health care administration from Ohio State University.
Prior to serving at Silver Cross, he was associate vice president at Paoli Memorial Hospital in Paoli, Pa., and prior to that, associate administrator at Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
The Vail Valley Medical Center, which has an annual budget in excess of $95 million, completed a $50 million expansion two years ago and has plans to grow some more. It has approximately 500 employees, 192 physicians and seven location in Eagle and Summit Counties. Those locations include the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and Pavilion in Edwards as well as a facility in Eagle it operates with Valley View Hospital of Glenwood Springs.
Last year, the medical center acquired the WestStar Bank Building in Vail, which is immediately east and north of the hospital. Acquisition of the 25,000 square-foot property will enable to hospital to pursue the second phase of its expansion.
The town of Vail is not allowing the hospital to begin a second expansion until it creates access for emergency and other vehicles from the South Frontage Road. That would remove them from Meadow Drive, a busy pedestrian and residential route.
Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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