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MHSC Leadership

To provide you with the highest quality care and an excellent patient experience, we need a solid team. That team starts with leaders who take ownership of the hospital and the care and compassion MHSC provides. The Leadership Team at Sweetwater Memorial includes individuals who are the executive leaders, department directors, managers, and supervisors.

The Executive Team

Irene Richardson

Irene Richardson, woman with long voluminous brown hair and black glasses wearing a red leather jacket

Irene Richardson, Chief Executive Officer at MHSC, says she is privileged to serve the community in this role and is passionate about ensuring that every patient receives compassionate, affordable, and exceptional quality healthcare.

A lifelong resident of Sweetwater County, she has been with MHSC since 1985. Irene served in various positions in the Fiscal Services Department before becoming the Director of Materials Management in 2007, and then the Controller in 2008. Irene was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2010. In 2017, she accepted the role of CEO.

Irene believes that the patients and community deserve a hospital they can be proud of. She is committed to making MHSC the community’s trusted healthcare leader by providing high quality, person-centered healthcare here at home.

Irene earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Wyoming. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Hospital Association.

Outside of her service to the hospital, Irene loves to spend time with her two sons, traveling, watching sports together, playing board games and entertaining at home. She also loves cooking and baking Greek cuisine with her mother and sister. When she has a quiet moment, she enjoys watching the beautiful view of Castle Rock and the Cliffs of Green River from her back deck.

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Tami Love

Tami Love, womena with medium lenth brown hair and glasses

Tami Love is the Chief Financial Officer of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and is responsible for the following departments; Purchasing, HIM, Patient Financial and Fiscal Services, IT and Facilities. She is committed to the financial stewardship of the hospital and maintaining quality and affordable healthcare in our community.

Tami joined the MHSC staff in 2000 as a staff accountant. She became the Controller in 2010 and has been in her current role of CFO since November 2017.

Tami earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Weber State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Boise State University. She is a current Board member of the Wyoming chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Tami was born and raised in Rock Springs and returned home to raise a family in her hometown. She and her husband are the parents of two children and enjoy spending time on the beautiful lakes of Wyoming.

Kristy Nielson

Kristy Nielsen, woman with voluminous brown hair

Kristy Nielson is the Chief Nursing Officer at MHSC, and oversees overall quality of care, patient safety, nursing practice and standards of care. Kristy has a passion for education, teaching and mentoring, and evidence-based practice in patient care.

Kristy joined the MHSC team in 1988 and has worked at the hospital in a variety of nursing roles, and over 20 years of teaching nursing students. Prior to MHSC, Kristy worked at the National Institutes of Health and as a traveling nurse in large and small hospitals across the country with a focus on oncology and critical care nursing.

Kristy has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Administration and in Nursing from the Minnesota State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College of Maine, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kristy enjoys time with her husband, their two children, and granddaughters.

Kari Quickenden

Kari Quickenden, woman with medium length straight blonde hair

Kari Quickenden, Chief Clinical Officer at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, is responsible for oversight of clinical essential services such as medical imaging, pharmacy, and laboratory.

Living in the community for more than 20 years, Kari is proud to call Sweetwater County her home. She is committed to providing person-centered care to the patients of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and is passionate in making MHSC the community’s trusted health partner.

Before joining Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s senior executive team in 2015, she worked for Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions as the Director of Pharmacy at MHSC.

Kari earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida and her Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of Wyoming. She is currently serving a three-year term on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Clinical Leadership.

Kari enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. When the snow flies, she is snowmobiling in the backcountry. During the summer, she loves spending time on the water at Flaming Gorge.

Suzan Campbell

Suzan Campbell, woman with medium length brown hair, blue eyes, and scarf

Suzan Campbell has served as the Chief Legal Executive/In-House Counsel for Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County since January 2018.

Suzan was hired in July 2016 by MHSC as a policy attorney. She received her Juris Doctorate from University of Wyoming College of Law in 1990 and has an English Education undergraduate degree (BS) from Utah State University. Suzan is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Prior to her employment with MHSC, she worked as a lobbyist and attorney for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for 16 years.

Suzan is also an graduate of Leadership Wyoming class of 2010 and the recipient of the PEACE Award for Outstanding Advocate for DV and SA victims.

Suzan was born and raised in Afton, Wyoming, and is a fifth-generation Wyomingite. She and her husband John have six children and four grandchildren.

Medical Staff Officers

  • Dr. Larry Lauridsen - Medical Staff President
  • Dr. Cielette Karn - Medical Staff Vice-President
  • Dr. Jacques Denker - Medical Staff Secretary/Treasurer

The Leadership Team

Melissa Anderson  Acute Care Services & Emergency Services Director
Melissa Anderson
Acute Care Services & Emergency Services Director

David Beltran - Security & Emergency Management Director
David Beltran
Security & Emergency Management Director

Angel Bennett Materials Management Director
Angel Bennett
Materials Management Director

Ron Cheese Patient Financial Services Director
Ron Cheese
Patient Financial Services Director

Deborah DeFauw - Rehabilitation Services Director
Deborah DeFauw
Rehabilitation Services Director

Kerry Downs - Medical Staff Services Supervisor
Kerry Downs
Medical Staff Services Supervisor

Robin Fife - Clinical Administrative Assistant
Robin Fife
Clinical Administrative Assistant

Amber Fisk Human Resources DiretorAmber Fisk
Human Resources Diretor

Mary Fischer - Laboratory Director
Mary Fischer
Laboratory Director

Janae Gale - Volunteer Services & Community Outreach Director
Janae Gale
Volunteer Services & Community Outreach Director

Brittany Griffin - Health Information Management Director
Brittany Griffin
Health Information Management Director

Nicole Halstead - Dialysis Director
Nicole Halstead
Dialysis Director

Crystal Hamblin - Cardiopulmonary Services Director
Crystal Hamblin
Cardiopulmonary Services Director

Tasha Harris - Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center Director
Tasha Harris
Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center Director

Jim Horan - Facilities Director
Jim Horan
Facilities Director

Noreen Hove – Infection Prevention Director
Noreen Hove
Cardiopulmonary Services Director

Kara Jackson - Quality Director
Kara Jackson
Quality Director

Megan Jacobsen - Women's Health Director
Megan Jacobsen
Women's Health Director

Leah Lassise - Executive Chef/Nutrition Services Director
Leah Lassise
Executive Chef/Nutrition Services Director

Jan Layne - Controller
Jan Layne
Controller

Alisha Mackie - Surgical Services Director
Alisha Mackie
Surgical Services Director

Tiffany Marshall - Foundation Director
Tiffany Marshall
Foundation Director

Cindy Nelson - Executive Assistant & Patient Experience Coordinator
Cindy Nelson
Executive Assistant & Patient Experience Coordinator

Dr. Melinda Poyer - Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Melinda Poyer
Chief Medical Officer

Clay Radakovich - Compliance & Risk Management Director
Clay Radakovich
Compliance & Risk Management Officer

Corinna Rogers - Environmental Services Director
Corinna Rogers
Environmental Services Director

Marianne Sanders - Physician Recruitment & Relations Manager
Marianne Sanders
Physician Recruitment & Relations Manager

Tracie Soller - Medical Imaging Director
Tracie Soller
Medical Imaging Director

Deb Sutton - Marketing & Public Relations Director
Deb Sutton
Marketing & Public Relations Director

Leslie Taylor - Clinic Operations Director
Leslie Taylor
Clinic Operations Director

Rich Tyler - Information Technology Director
Rich Tyler
Information Technology Director