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Bingham Memorial Hospital announces new CEO

The Board of Directors at Bingham Memorial Hospital announced that interim CEO Jeff Daniels will retire effective Nov. 17 after two years as interim CEO and 10 years as chief financial officer.

Jake Erickson, the hospital’s current chief operating officer, will take over as CEO on Oct. 1, a hospital news release said. In support of the transition, Daniels will finish out his service as interim CEO through September.

“Jeff will leave an indelible mark on Bingham Memorial Hospital,” hospital board chairman Joe Cannon said in the release. “He has maintained an unwavering commitment to our patients and employees, and we are indebted to him for his innumerable professional contributions and for his outstanding personal character.”

The board’s selection of Erickson as CEO comes after meeting with local and national consultants, the release said.

“Jake is from eastern Idaho, is well-known and respected throughout the region, and is clearly the best person to take the reins and guide BMH into the future,” Cannon said in the release. “He has the unanimous support of our board.”

Erickson holds a Master of Business Administration, and has been with the hospital’s rapidly expanding health care system for the past 11 years. Under Erickson’s direction as the head of physician recruitment the hospital has grown its medical staff to more than 150 providers, a 400 percent growth over the past 10 years, the release said. He also has played a key role in the major partnerships of recent years and has helped expand Bingham Memorial’s service offerings to more than 35 physician specialties.

Cook retires after 30 years with IFPD

Capt. Darren Cook has retired from the Idaho Falls Police Department following 32 years of law enforcement service.

Cook, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, started his law enforcement career at the Shelley Police Department in 1985. He joined the IFPD in 1987, a department news release said.

Cook held positions as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, detective, patrol sergeant, narcotic sergeant, patrol lieutenant, patrol captain and detectives captain during his career. Over the years, he worked with many local, state and federal agencies on multiple investigations. He also helped establish the IFPD SWAT team in 1989 and served with the unit until stepping down in 2016.

Cook was promoted to sergeant in February 2001, lieutenant in December 2006 and captain in December 2007.

Cook has received numerous honors, including a Police Officer of the Year award, three Supervisor of the Year awards, three Commander’s Commendations and an Officer of the Month award. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart for sustaining a broken ankle during the apprehension of a suspect in January 1999, the Police Medal for assisting in the rescue of a woman and her baby after their vehicle went into the frozen Snake River in February 2007 and the Life-Saving Award for helping stop a distraught 18-year-old man from jumping off a downtown rooftop in August 2010.

“This has been a great career choice,” Cook said. “It’s been fun and you get to make a difference. I’ve been very fortune to work with a lot of great people.”

Bingham Memorial Hospital see board changes

Bingham Memorial Hospital announced that Alice Cannon has retired from its Board of Directors after 11 years of service. It also announced three new board members.

Born and raised in Blackfoot, Cannon is a successful local business owner who is a well-known and respected member of the community.

During her tenure on the board, Cannon served as vice chairwoman for two years, chairman for two years, and, in her final year on the board, she served as past chairman, a hospital news release said.

“I am grateful for (her) outstanding leadership abilities, and how instrumental she was in devising effective strategies that have greatly contributed to the viability of (the hospital),” said interim CEO Jeff Daniels.

The three new board members are:

• Herb Bohrer, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, spent many years at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory in several capacities as well as the U.S. Department of Energy.

• Bryce D. Jolley, an eastern Idaho native, is president of Harper-Leavitt Engineering, Inc., having worked there for more than 30 years, and is a registered professional land surveyor.

• Linda Valentine, a Blackfoot native, spent more than 30 years as Bingham Memorial Hospital employee before retiring in 2016. At the time of her retirement, she was executive director of the Bingham Health Care Foundation.

Minor joins Post Register staff

Sarah Minor has joined the Post Register as a multimedia advertising sales representative.

She most recently worked as an art and English instructor in Chisinau, Moldova. Minor, who attended Boise State University, also has experience in sales and business administration.

“I am looking forward to assisting local businesses in creating successful marketing plans using digital and print media,” Minor said. “It’s an exciting time to be working in the newspaper industry.”