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Published on November 25, 2016

Billings Clinic announces CEO Retirement

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic CEO Nicholas Wolter, M.D. is announcing that he will retire this January. Dr. Wolter joined Billings Clinic in 1982 to practice Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and began serving as CEO of Billings Clinic in 1997. 

Since becoming CEO, Dr. Wolter has played an instrumental role in creating Billings Clinic’s national reputation for excellence in patient safety, quality, and service. Dr. Wolter’s tenure at Billings Clinic will long be remembered as one of innovation, vision, and accomplishment. Billings Clinic has become Montana’s largest health care organization and has grown into a regional health system with relationships across Montana and northern Wyoming. Additionally, the Clinic has an affiliation with Mayo Clinic through its Mayo Clinic Care Network. Billings Clinic is one of Montana’s largest employers with over 4,400 physicians and staff. Since 1997, the Clinic has expanded its facilities and clinical services extensively. The Clinic has also helped the communities of Red Lodge, Columbus and Livingston build new hospitals during this time. 

During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Wolter was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Hospital Association and he spent many years serving on the Montana Hospital Association Board serving as Chairman on two different occasions. He also served two terms as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) which makes recommendations to the United States Congress regarding Medicare policy. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and in 2004, Dr. Wolter was recognized by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) as the nation’s Physician Executive of the Year. Dr. Wolter has also been recognized by Modern Healthcare as a one of the nation’s most influential people in health care and he has been recognized over successive years by Becker’s Hospital Review as a Top 100 Heath Care Executive. 

“I am extremely proud of how Billings Clinic serves patients and families in our community and region and  appreciate everything Dr. Wolter has done as CEO to help Billings Clinic earn a place of national prominence,” said Joy N. Ott, Billings Clinic Board Chair. “His commitment to our mission of health care excellence is evident in the many successes we have experienced during his tenure.” 

Dr. Wolter is undergoing a couple of minor medical procedures and will therefore be on a planned medical leave of absence effective immediately. The Billings Clinic Board of Directors has appointed Randall Gibb, M.D. to serve as interim CEO. Dr. Gibb joined Billings Clinic in 2006 when he became Montana’s first Gynecologic Oncologist. In the past ten years since joining Billings Clinic, Dr. Gibb has taken on administrative roles and currently serves as a Chief Medical Officer. 

“Dr. Wolter has helped create a nationally respected health care organization and it is my privilege and honor to serve in a role that will help sustain our focus on  excellent quality, safety,service and value that define Billings Clinic,” said Dr. Gibb.

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