St. Mary’s Welcomes New VP and Chief Medical Officer
St. Mary’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Michele Arnold, MD, MBA as its new Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. As a key leader on the hospital Senior Leadership Team, Dr. Arnold will lead efforts to improve the patient and caregiver experience and grow the high-quality, high value care we provide to the Grand Junction community and beyond. Her leadership in safety and quality, along with a proven ability to expand services and programs, will complement and amplify the outstanding work of our providers and care teams.
Dr. Arnold is joining us from Providence-Swedish Health Services in Seattle, Washington, where she served as Chief Medical Officer for Swedish Medical Center in the community of Issaquah. During her tenure, her focus on growth, transformation and stewardship brought improved performance outcomes that endured the impacts of COVID-19. Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and subspecialty-certified in Neuromuscular Medicine, Dr. Arnold held a variety of clinical and leadership roles across Swedish Health Services, including Regional Executive Medical Director of the musculoskeletal service lines. Before joining Swedish, Dr. Arnold served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer and as Medical Group Vice President for Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Dr. Arnold is a graduate of Texas A&M and completed her residency at the Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In 2021, she earned her Executive MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is an avid runner, an outdoor enthusiast, and has summited numerous Pacific Northwest peaks including Mt. Rainier, and 42 of Colorado’s 58 fourteeners. She is excited to move to the Grand Junction community, continue her Colorado adventures, and enjoy the splendor of the western slope.
“I am thrilled to join the community and honored to team up with the skilled caregivers and leaders at St. Mary’s to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to the people of the Grand Valley and beyond,” said Dr. Michele Arnold.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Arnold to St. Mary’s Medical Center and Western Colorado.
St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, is the largest medical center between Denver and Salt Lake City. Serving the healthcare needs of western Colorado and eastern Utah for more than 125 years, St. Mary’s was founded in 1896 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and has a rich history of serving the many needs of its community. St. Mary’s Medical Center is part of the Intermountain Healthcare system. Based in Utah with locations in seven states (Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming) and additional operations across the western U.S., Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit healthcare system comprised of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with some 3,800 employed physicians and advanced practice providers.