Glendive, MT, September 18, 2013 - Glendive Medical Center (GMC) announced today that the Board of Directors has selected Parker Powell as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Glendive Medical Center. He replaces Scott Duke, who served as CEO from 2002 until March of 2013.

"Parker is a great fit for GMC. The board has been very impressed with his leadership as interim CEO and appreciates his knowledge of the issues and challenges facing GMC. We are confident that Parker has the vision and skills to lead GMC as we work together with Billings Clinic to improve and grow quality healthcare options for our community," said Dave Linn, Chair of the GMC Board.

Parker, originally from Miles City, earned his bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and Marketing from Montana State University Billings in 2008. He is currently working to complete his master's degree from Montana State University Billings. He has served as GMC's interim CEO for the last seven months and in 2009 he began working as the Administrator of Prairie Community Hospital in Terry. Additionally, Powell also served as the Vice President of Strategy at GMC from 2012 to 2013. 

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as CEO. It's inspiring to have the opportunity to lead an organization with such passion for providing excellent quality healthcare. My wife Ashley and I are excited to join the Glendive community," said Powell, who will assume the role of CEO on Monday, October 14.

Powell was selected from among several applicants for the CEO position by a GMC Search Committee. Billings Clinic helped with the recruitment process, and the GMC Board of Directors chose Powell for the position. Powell's employment by Billings Clinic is part of the affiliation agreement between GMC and Billings Clinic which was finalized earlier this month. Powell's employment by Billings Clinic is a significant step in solidifying the new affiliation and relationship between the two organizations as they work more closely together.