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Wyoming Medical Center welcomes new chief executive officer

Lance Porter has been named chief executive officer (CEO) at Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) in...
Lance Porter has been named chief executive officer (CEO) at Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) in Casper, Wyoming.(Banner Health)
Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 12:18 AM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Release) - Lance Porter has been named chief executive officer (CEO) at Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) in Casper, Wyoming. The announcement was made by Margo Karsten, Banner’s Western Region president on Monday.

Porter will relocate to Casper from Arizona, where has served as the CEO at Banner Payson Medical Center.

Karsten said Porter has been working in Casper for a couple of weeks to support operations since Wyoming Medical Center joined Banner on October 1. Also in October, WMC began to see growing numbers of patients seeking care for COVID-19.

“I can’t imagine an individual better suited for this role,” Karsten said.

Porter brings more than 15 years in healthcare leadership to WMC including unique experience with hospital integrations. He became CEO in Payson in 2014 and was there before, during and after that hospital’s successful integration into Banner. Prior to working in Payson, he held leadership roles in large and academic hospitals in Illinois and New York. Porter is originally from Northern Colorado and excited to return to the Mountain West. He will move to Casper with his wife and daughter.

He replaces interim CEO James Bleicher, M.D., who is also the hospital’s chief clinical officer.

“I want to thank Dr. Bleicher for stepping up to the challenge of leading WMC during this interim period for the past month. His leadership and dedication provided continuity for the staff as they bravely battled the COVID-19 spread,” Karsten said.

About Wyoming Medical Center

Wyoming Medical Center is owned by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems with 30 hospitals in six states. WMC is Wyoming’s largest hospital with 249 beds on two campuses, more than 45 medical specialties and 14 primary, specialty and immediate care clinics. As a regional trauma and referral center, WMC serves 11 Wyoming counties with more than 250,000 people. It operates Casper’s only full-service, non-profit hospitals with comprehensive heart, stroke and trauma care. For more information, visit wyomingmedicalcenter.org.

About Banner Health

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the country. The system owns and operates 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit BannerHealth.com.

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