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Chris Thomas

President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Hospital

Chris Thomas was named president and CEO of Colorado West Healthcare System Community Hospital in 2008. Prior to joining Community Hospital, Thomas was the executive director and chief administrative officer of ILS Resource Management. Thomas has worked as a healthcare executive for over 20 years. Thomas holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Chris has been married for more than 25 years and he and his wife have three daughters and a son. They joke that they have a child who graduated in the class of 2013 and one who will graduate in the class of 2031. In his spare time, he and his family enjoy traveling. Most trips are centered on triathlons in different and exciting locations. In May of 2013, Chris and his oldest daughter competed together in the Ironman 70.3 in Mallorca, Spain. The next year, his middle daughter and he competed together in the Ironman 70.3 in Moselle, Luxembourg.

While at Community Hospital, Thomas has helped move the organization out of extreme OIG sanctions to a strong and active part of the western Colorado healthcare community. Revenue has grown significantly during his tenure and Community Hospital has successfully recruited 44 new physicians in just the last two years. In addition, Community Hospital opened a brand new four-story, 142,000 square foot, state-of-the-art hospital in March of 2016. Under Chris’s leadership, Community Hospital was chosen as the Grand Junction Chamber Business of the Year in 2015 and Daily Sentinel readers selected Community Hospital as the “Best of the West” for medical facilities.