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Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena has named a new CEO to succeed Jack Casey, who is retiring. 

Craig Aasved, currently the regional chief management services officer for Providence Health & Services in Missoula, will take over as Shodair’s CEO Dec. 7. Aasved, who grew up in Lewistown, said he looks forward to returning to a position as a CEO. His first goal will be to establish himself in the community both within and outside of the hospital, he added.

“With Shodair I really admire the work they’ve done and really believe in their mission and what they’ve accomplished,” he said of his interest in the position.

Aasved has 30 years of experience in health care administration, including COO for St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, CEO of Wheatland Memorial Hospital in Harlowton, CEO of East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colorado, and COO of Campell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and healthcare administration from Concordia College and an MBA from the University of Colorado, according to his resume.

While he did not initially intend to spend his career in the West, he said he has felt fortunate to do so. 

“Craig brings an impressive track record of health care leadership with a dedicated focus on delivering quality patient care and expertise in boosting profitability, streamlining operations and building highly engaged teams,” Rita Gowen, chair of Shodair’s board, said in a news release.

Shodair is a 20-bed acute and 64-bed residential hospital with child and adolescent psychiatric and genetic facilities, servicing more than 800 patients last year, said director of community relations Alana Listoe.

The nonprofit organization is Montana’s only Children’s Miracle Network affiliated hospital, and it employs between 300 and 325 people, according to Shodair’s website.

Aasved follows Casey’s nearly 30-year tenure at Shodair’s helm. Casey announced his retirement earlier this year after 28 years at Shodair, while agreeing to stay with the hospital during its national search for his successor.

“Craig is a Montana native and brings valuable insight and direct leadership experience in Montana’s dynamic health care market,” Casey said. “I’m pleased to be transferring leadership over to an executive with his background. I know his leadership will greatly benefit Shodair as well as the community.”

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Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 or tom.kuglin@helenair.com

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