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Gunnison Valley Health Announces Jason Amrich as CEO

Gunnison Valley Health announced that Jason Amrich will replace Rob Santilli as Chief Executive Officer. Santilli announced his pending retirement early in 2021 triggering a comprehensive, nationwide search for the next leader of the health system. Amrich was selected by the Board of Trustees in August and will begin his new role as CEO on December 6, 2021.

Santilli expressed his gratitude for the community’s support during his tenure and his strong confidence in the CEO recruitment process and chosen successor.

“My time at Gunnison Valley Health has been one of the highlights of my career. I am proud to be a part of this community and to have had the opportunity to work alongside the talented and committed staff at Gunnison Valley Health,” Santilli said. “The search committee that was tasked with recruiting a new CEO did an incredible job. They were exceedingly thorough, identified a strong pool of candidates and ultimately the Board selected Jason Amrich who I believe will be an effective leader able to keep this health system moving in the right direction.”

Jason Amrich holds a bachelor of science in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado – Denver. Since 2016, he has served as the Vice President of Operations for Longs Peak Hospital, Broomfield Hospital and Longs Peak Surgery Center all of which are a part of UCHealth.

Amrich’s combination of clinical and administrative experience in Colorado health systems provides him with unique insight into the dynamics of clinical and business operations for a health system. Having spent a significant portion of his career working in Colorado means that he is familiar with current and future opportunities and challenges facing Gunnison Valley Health.

“I am thrilled to be joining Gunnison Valley Health and thank the Board of Trustees for their confidence in me and my ability to lead this vibrant and thriving health system,” Amrich said. “I look forward to getting to know the dedicated professionals within the health system and working alongside them to continue the forward momentum that has been building at Gunnison Valley Health.”

Amrich will be relocating with his wife and children to the Gunnison Valley. He and his family are thrilled to be moving to a Colorado epicenter of outdoor sports and activity.

“I can’t imagine a better location in Colorado for me and my family to pursue our love of the outdoors and establish roots in a strong and connected community,” Amrich said. “Both Gunnison and Crested Butte are unique and wonderful. I feel extremely lucky to have this opportunity to be a part of them both.”

Gunnison Valley Health will be planning several community events designed to provide community leaders and residents opportunities to get to know Mr. Amrich and share feedback on the health system and community needs.

“In small communities like Gunnison and Crested Butte, the health system is critical to maintaining our independent and active lifestyle,” Amrich said. “The cornerstone of my success will be understanding the needs of my community. I look forward to hearing from Gunnison Valley residents and second homeowners as I embark on this journey with Gunnison Valley Health.”