St. Luke’s Health System, the parent company of Leavenworth’s Cushing Memorial Hospital, announced Wednesday that Gary Wages would take over for outgoing Chief Executive Officer Ron Baker at the facility.
Wages will serve as the top executive at Cushing on an interim basis, a change made effective Tuesday. Baker left the hospital to take the top post at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Mo., a building which he said he helped design.
Wages retired as CEO of Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital in 2011. He currently serves as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was a past board chair of the Missouri Hospital Association, Kansas City Area Hospital Associations and Missouri’s Hospital Industry Data Institute.
Wages was trained as an aerospace engineer prior his 25 years of experience holding leadership positions at Carondelet Health in Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo. He joined St. Luke’s Health System in 1998. Wages said he was excited for his latest task.
“I look forward to serving as interim CEO and engaging with the Leavenworth community on behalf of Cushing Memorial Hospital,” he said.
Hospital officials said in a release that the search is ongoing to find Baker’s permanent replacement.