The Board of Directors of Boulder Community Health (BCH) has appointed
Dr. Robert J. Vissers to the position of President and Chief Executive
Officer of BCH, effective July 24, 2015.
An experienced leader with more than 25 years of clinical and health care
management experience in academic and community hospital settings, Dr.
Vissers will succeed David Gehant, who will retire after 27 years as the
President/CEO of BCH.
Ric Porreca, Chair of the BCH Governing Board, stated that the Board is
enthusiastic about having Dr. Vissers lead the BCH network during this
critical time in health care. “Rob’s experience as a clinician
and administrator assures our community that BCH will continue to be a
strong and comprehensive health care system with a consistent patient-centric
A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Vissers is currently the Chief
Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President of BCH. In that role, he
oversees all clinical operations at BCH, an integrated regional health
system with facilities throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties. He
also chairs the governance committee for the CU Sports Medicine and Performance
Center, a partnership between BCH and the University of Colorado Medical
School, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Colorado
Hospitals and the Clinical Excellence Council for the Colorado Hospital
Dr. Vissers was retained as Chief Operating Officer by BCH in May of 2014
after a national search for candidates was conducted by the Board, physicians
and senior management of the BCH network.
Dr. Vissers was born in Canada where he completed medical school and the
residency program in Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
He has an MBA from Oregon Health & Science University/Portland State
Dr. Vissers came to BCH from Legacy Health, a non-profit health system
based in Portland, Oregon. During his tenure there, he took on several
leadership roles that achieved significant operational, quality and safety
improvements. He also was President and CEO of Northwest Acute Care Specialists,
one of the largest independent physician groups in the northwest.
“Rob has an outstanding background as both a successful health care
administrator and a nationally known emergency medicine physician,”
said David P. Gehant, current President/CEO of BCH. “During his
tenure at BCH, he has impressed me with his leadership and his deep personal
commitment to improving clinical services. His unique skill set will be
invaluable in helping BCH and our physicians adapt to the many challenges
of national health care reform.”
Dr. Mark King, BCH Medical Staff President, emphasized the support of
the medical staff for this appointment and described Dr. Vissers as a
far-sighted physician leader who has already established great credibility
within the community. “He is the right person to lead BCH into the
future and secure our position as a premier health care network.”
The father of four children, Dr. Vissers said family support has been
integral to his ability to acclimate to Boulder and BCH so quickly and
“There are so many challenges involved in moving your family across
the country,” he said. “My wife Julie’s support has
been vital in helping me balance my family and professional obligations.”
Dr. Vissers looks forward to leading the only independent health system
in Boulder County.
“BCH has outstanding physicians, nurses and support staff who are
genuinely committed to a shared goal of being recognized as one of the
top health systems in the country,” he said. “It’s an
honor to lead such a talented organization.”