Interim Rapid City Regional Hospital and Market President to Leave, COO Steps into Familiar Role

Feb 28, 2017
Denise Dancy

RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 1, 2017) – Dennis Millirons, interim Rapid City Regional Hospital and Rapid City Market president, will complete his engagement with Regional Health effective March 16, 2017.
“Dennis has served as a senior leader at Rapid City Regional Hospital and in our Rapid City market during an important transitional time,” said Regional Health Chief Operating Officer Paulette Davidson. “Under his leadership, we continued to improve performance in clinical excellence and patient experience. Also during his engagement, we announced a major expansion and construction project that is now underway on the Rapid City Regional Hospital campus.”
Millirons joined Rapid City Regional Hospital in August 2016, and during this time Regional Hospital was named one of the top three hospitals in South Dakota by U.S. News and World Report. It also was recognized as one of only two South Dakota hospitals deserving of the Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Meanwhile, patients both inside the hospital and at ambulatory clinics have shown increasing satisfaction through their patient experience feedback.
Since Millirons arrived, construction has begun on a three-story parking garage off of Rapid City Regional Hospital’s Fifth Street entrance. It is the first phase of a multi-phase, multi-year project that will include a new emergency department, inpatient bed tower, and a physicians’ office building.
Davidson, the health system COO, will serve as interim Rapid City Regional Hospital and Rapid City market president while a nationwide executive search continues.  She joined Regional Health in October 2015 from Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, where she was system Chief Human Capital and Patient Experience Officer. Davidson had previously worked as the Chief Executive Officer of Nebraska Medicine’s Bellevue Medical Center and as the COO and Vice President of Hospital Operations at Indiana University Health in Goshen.
A fellow in the College of American Health Care Executives (FACHE), Davidson holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Regional Health
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies. For more information, visit

Denise Dancy
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