Helena Regional Medical Center has appointed Leah Osbahr as chief executive officer, effective July 1.

Helena Regional Medical Center has appointed Leah Osbahr as chief executive officer, effective July 1.

Osbahr, a native of Benton, has more than 10 years of hospital CEO experience. Most recently, she served as the CEO of Washington County Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Potosi, Missouri. In 2012, she was awarded the Missouri Hospital Association Visionary Leader Award.

“Helena Regional Medical Center has a tradition of quality care, and I am honored to be able to join the physicians, employees and volunteers in their daily work of caring for the Helena community,” said Osbahr. “They have laid a strong foundation for excellence that makes Helena Regional a place where patients can expect quality, personalized care with every visit.”

Leah also served as the CEO of Lawrence Health Services in Walnut Ridge. She worked at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Baptist Medical Center, both in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2006, she was awarded the Arkansas Hospital Association C. E. Melville Young Administrator of the Year.

“On behalf of the board, I look forward to welcoming Leah to Helena,” said Suzann McCommon, chairman, Helena Regional Medical Center Board of Directors. “Her experience working closely with physicians and employees to raise the bar for quality patient care will further position Helena Regional Medical Center well into the future.”

Osbahr holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She earned an additional master’s degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Robert Rupp will remain as interim CEO until Leah arrives in July. Afterwards, Robert will continue his career with CHS as a project CEO.  Leah and her husband Dennis will reside in Helena.