Michael Blauer, who has served as the chief executive officer of Bear Lake Memorial Hospital in Montpelier, Idaho, has been selected as the new administrator for Intermountain Cassia Regional Hospital.
Blauer replaces Ben Smalley, who last month took a position with Intermountain’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Blauer will begin his new role at Cassia Regional Hospital on July 25.
“We’re excited to welcome Michael to Intermountain Healthcare and look forward to the energy, collaborative spirit, and patient-centered approach that he will bring to Cassia Regional Hospital and our patients throughout the community,” said Jim Sheets, vice president and chief operating officer of specialty-based care for Intermountain Healthcare.
As chief executive officer of Bear Lake Memorial, Blauer has had responsibility for all operations at the critical access hospital, and has overseen several rural health clinics, dialysis and chemotherapy clinics, a home health agency, a 36-bed nursing home, and an assisted living facility. During his time there, Blauer supervised a $6 million expansion and remodel project of the hospital.
Blauer, who was born and raised in Burley, Idaho, has an impressive background, having served in leadership positions with St. Luke’s Health System in the Boise area, Providence Health & Services in Oregon, and Morrow County Health District, also in Oregon. He also served as a volunteer examiner for the Baldridge National Quality Award.
Blauer earned an MHSA degree from the University of Michigan and bachelor’s degrees in business management and Spanish from Idaho State University. He is a recipient of the Idaho 40 Under 40 award by Idaho Business Review and serves as a member of the Idaho Hospital Association board.