John Sarpa has been appointed as the interim chief executive officer of Aspen Valley Hospital, its board of directors announced Friday afternoon.
Sarpa will serve in the role until a permanent replacement is found for outgoing CEO Dave Ressler. Sarpa has served in a voluntary role as the hospital’s board president for the past 11 years.
“I’m excited to work with the hospital in this capacity and look forward to continuing progress on many of the strategic initiatives currently underway, including continuing the momentum of our capital campaign and phases three and four of the master facilities plan,” Sarpa said in a press release.
Executive search firm Witt-Kiefer was hired shortly after Ressler resigned almost two months ago to conduct a national search for the permanent CEO position. The firm is currently in the process of identifying potential candidates.
Ressler’s last day of work is May 24, and Sarpa will assume his new responsibilities as interim CEO on May 25. As an employee of the hospital, Sarpa is required to step down from the board.
His resignation was effective Friday. His current four-year term on the board would have expired in May of 2014. The remaining board members — Dr. Barry Mink, Dr. Mindy Nagle, Lee Schumacher and Chuck Frias — are required to appoint a replacement for Sarpa within 60 days of his resignation.
“He is very knowledgeable about the health care industry and knows many of the staff,” said AVH board member Dr. Barry Mink. “We are lucky to have someone of such high caliber who is willing and able to move into the role.”