Q&A with Steve Simpson

At NNRH, we are very excited to welcome our new CEO, Mr. Steve Simpson.

Steve comes to us from Tennova Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown, Tennessee, where he served as CEO for two years. Prior to that, he held a number of leadership positions at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tennessee. We sat down with Steve and asked him a few get-to-know-you questions. Here’s what he had to say…

Welcome! Why did you choose to move from Tennessee to Elko, Nevada?

It has been our family’s objective for some time to return “home.” My wife, Kelsi, and I were both raised in Utah, so we have both felt a strong pull to return west and be close to family. After our first visit during the interview process, we both felt very “at home” with the hospital and the community in general. We will forever be grateful for such a warm and welcoming reception.

How would you describe your leadership style?

My dad taught me while growing up the importance of being, “firm, fair, and friendly,” and that has always stuck with me, especially the fair and friendly portion. It is important to remain honest, fair and equitable in all things – that is how you maintain integrity. Now regarding friendly; I am from a small farming town in Northern Utah and I wasn’t blessed with the most expansive vocabulary, so please excuse my next comment – but one of the biggest expectations I have is that you need to “give a crap!” We need to be friendly, caring and respectful in all we do. That is my style and my expectation.

What is the most important thing the staff of NNRH should know about you?

I am accessible. Not only do I have an open door policy – I truly try to be easy to talk to, while rounding, or passing in the hall, or if we see each other in the grocery store. I want people to know I am approachable.

In your opinion, what is the main responsibility of a hospital CEO?

I believe one of the biggest responsibilities is to identify, maintain, and lead the culture of the organization. Much of that has already been established prior to my arrival so, for the immediate future, my responsibility will be to not mess up all of your hard work! I feel like job number 1 will be to make sure you all are getting credit. By that I mean, there has been a lot of hard work put in for meeting quality metrics, achieving chest pain accreditation, decreasing turnover, and other impressive improvements over the years – and you need to “get the credit.” There are star ratings, The Joint Commission disease-specific designations, and other mechanisms in place that will allow us to show off to our community and neighboring areas how great NNRH is and can be! My goal is for them to look to us as a Beacon of Quality!

What activities do you enjoy in your free time?

Anything that includes family. Together we like movies, theater, eating, travel and music. I am the only sports nut in the family so most of that is done on my own. I have played a lot of football, basketball, golf and baseball (softball as an adult) in my life and now I really enjoy watching others play, whether live or on TV.

Thank you, Steve. We are very glad you’re here. Welcome to the NNRH Family!