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New CEO, King, named to lead Syringa

'The board was impressed by King’s service at many levels of the health care business...'

Syringa Hospital

Syringa Hospital

— Syringa Hospital and Clinics recently announced Abner King, FACHE, as its new chief executive officer. King will begin Jan. 9. He most recently worked as the chief operating officer at Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon.


Abner King

King has more than 30 years’ experience in health care and holds his master’s in business administration from the University of Central Florida. He is also board-certified as a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“The board was impressed by King’s service at many levels of the health care business, from lab technologist to interim CEO, and his continued efforts to prepare himself for more and more responsibility,” said Al Bolden, chairman of the Syringa Hospital District board of trustees.

“I’m very excited about moving to Grangeville,” King said. “I’m looking forward to leading Syringa Hospital and Clinics.”

According to a press release dated Jan. 2, during King’s 18 years with Steele Memorial, the organization grew from a struggling rural hospital with limited services to a nationally-recognized critical access hospital. For three years in a row, Steele Memorial was recognized as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital.

King’s appointment as CEO will also initiate a new agreement between Syringa and Kootenai Health. Under the agreement, Syringa Hospital and Clinics will contract with Kootenai Health to assist with operations management. King will technically be an employee of Kootenai Health who is leased back to Syringa as part of the agreement.

Request for the new CEO salary was not available as of press time; however, Dana Greig, Syringa marketing and community relations coordinator and human resources assistant, sent the following information the afternoon of Jan. 2:

“The median compensation for CEOs at critical access hospitals in Idaho is $180,000. Setting a competitive salary was an important part of attracting qualified applicants who were willing to relocate to a new community and accept the high level of responsibility this position will require.”

Syringa’s CEO and staff will have access to support services from Kootenai, including group purchasing agreements, training and education for staff, compliance, policies, clinical protocols and procedures, peer networking, strategic planning, and revenue strategies.


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