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Memorial Health System Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Memorial Health System’s (MHS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Harold Courtois has accepted their offer to become the new Chief Executive Officer for MHS.

MHS managers were informed of the decision during a meeting on Tuesday. “We began this process with over forty applicants,” board member Dr. Dennis Biggs said. “We narrowed those applicants down to six, who we then interviewed over the phone, and then we narrowed the six down to three final candidates, who we brought in for formal interviews. They were all very qualified, but Harold stood out among all of them, and was absolutely the best fit for our organization. We are so pleased that he has accepted the opportunity.”

Courtois comes to MHS with over thirty years of experience in health care administration. He is currently the CEO at Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, KS. Prior to being at Russell, Courtois was the CEO at Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital in Wakeeney, KS. He has also been the Director of Operations at Emeritus Senior Living in Kearney, NE; the Director of Laboratory and Radiology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE; and the Vice President of Ancillary Services at Pratt Regional Medical Center in Pratt, KS.

Courtois should begin his first day at MHS on July 24th, but plans to make a few visits to Abilene prior to his start date, as he and his wife, Sue, will be relocating to Abilene. They have a daughter, Kristy Courtois of Salina; Paula Lallicker of El Reno, Oklahoma; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

“I am excited to get to know the people at Memorial Health System and the community of Abilene. My wife and I feel that Memorial Health System and the Abilene community are a great fit for us. We are anxious to make Abilene our new home,” Courtois said.

Courtois earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, and a Master of Science in Management from Friends University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a member of the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) Work Comp Board, Strategic Planning Board and Governance Board; past President of the KHA Northwest District and past member of the Northwest Trauma Executive Committee; past President of the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce; past President of Leadership Kearney; past member of the Leadership Kearney Board of Directors; current member of Rotary International; and past member of the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce. Courtois has been a radio sports broadcaster for KMMM in Pratt, KS, and he taught at the college level for seven years. He enjoys golfing, cycling, and reading. He has served on the USD 407 Board of Education, the Miss Kansas Board of Directors (in charge of fundraising), and is a Lay Speaker in the Methodist Church.

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