June 2002

Meet the Leader of St. Elizabeth Health Services,
Baker City, Oregon

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George Winn
President and Chief Executive Officer

This year, St. Elizabeth Health Services, a 96-bed acute-care facility in Baker City, Ore., celebrated its 105th birthday. "St. Elizabeth’s is the sole provider of care for Baker City," said George Winn, president and chief executive officer. "We address the entire gamut of health care needs, from improving overall health to increasing access to physicians for underserved populations and working to lower the cost of health care."

Being part of Catholic Health Initiatives allows St. Elizabeth to continue to fulfill its ministry and provide service to the poor and underserved. "Without Catholic Health Initiatives, we would not have the resources and funding to remain active in this community," said Winn. "Being part of a larger system also helps us remain current with changing technology and enables us to provide our patients with the highest quality of care."

Prior to joining Catholic Health Initiatives, Winn worked for Intermountain Health Care for 19 years. He began his career at American Fork Hospital in American Fork, Utah, before moving to Burley, Idaho, where he was the assistant administrator at Cassia Memorial Hospital. He was chief executive officer for Sanpete Valley Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Utah, before joining St. Elizabeth.

"I am excited to be part of St. Elizabeth," he said. ‘I enjoy working in a rural area and building strong relationships with employees, patients and the community. St. Elizabeth is committed to responding to health needs and to being actively involved in the daily success of Baker City. Our staff members are involved in numerous civic organizations and programs because we believe that by building a strong community, you build a healthy community."
Winn has a master’s degree in hospital and public administration and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He and his wife, Julie, have five children.