Tahoe Forest Hospital names new CEO
If you ask him to describe himself, Robert “Bob” Schapper will tell you that he’s “just a regular guy.”
But with a resume that boasts more than 25 years of leadership experience at some of the nation’s top medical facilities, it’s obvious why Schapper was a natural choice to fill Tahoe Forest Hospital District’s vacant Chief Executive Officer position.
“Mr. Schapper embodies all of the leadership qualities identified by the Board and our community – and more,” said TFH board member MaryLou Sullivan.
“He is sophisticated, warm, talented, energetic and a gentleman. His depth of experience and enthusiasm are welcome. He and his family will be assets to our community.”
Since longtime hospital administrator Lawrence Long first announced his plans to resign back in March, TFH has been diligently searching for a replacement with the help of Witt-Kieffer, a recruiting firm.
Last week, those efforts drew to a close with the hospital’s announcement of Schapper’s hiring. He is expected to assume the duties of District CEO on Oct. 14.
“I want the community to know that I intend to be a catalyst for creating the kind of healthcare services the community wants and needs,” Schapper said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to provide the leadership necessary to provide do just that.”
“I also want the community and hospital personnel to know that I’m a people person – particularly because this business is all about people,” he added.
Schapper comes to the district with a wide variety of work experience and education in the health care field.
After receiving a degree in community health education from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Schapper studied at California State University, Northridge, where he earned a Masters of public health and a Masters of Science degree in health services and hospital administration. Since then, he’s also done postgraduate work at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in health education, community medicine and management.
Schapper has also had a great deal of education outside of the classroom walls, with more than two decades of work experience in the medical environment.
“Bob comes to us with an extensive track record of successes in hospital administration, physician relations, community involvement and a particular penchant for overcoming multifactorial, extreme challenges relevant to local and regional health care issues,” said TFH Board President Lee Auckenthaler.
That track began in 1977, when Schapper served as an operating officer of the Newborn Intensive Care Center at the University of Utah’s Medical Center.
From there, he’s worked in administration in medical facilities throughout the country including the Palm Drive Health Care District and West County Healthcare Foundation in Sebastopol, Calif., Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and Hollywood Community Hospital in Hollywood, Calif.
According to Auckenthaler, Schapper’s qualifications and traits matched the ideal CEO profile that was crafted by board members, hospital staff and physicians, as well as community members during the recruitment process.
Auckenthaler also wanted to commend the special ad hoc committee appointed to handle the CEO search for the long hours they put into searching for and interviewing candidates. That committee consisted of board members Dr. Karen Sessler and MaryLou Sullivan, Dr. Rick Ganong, Dr. Michael MacQuarrie, Dave Bottemiller, CFO, and Jayne O’Flanagan, Human Resources Director.
Outside of work, Schapper enjoys photography and spending time outdoors with Marsha, his wife of 20 years, and with his 12-year-old son, Casey.
“I feel great about working with Bob,” said TFH Board President Lee Auckenthaler. “He’s just outstanding.”
Schapper will earn $190,000 a year.
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