You are here: HomeNewsFront Page News ArticlesNew Gila Regional Leadership Announced

New Gila Regional Leadership Announced

Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) announced three leadership positions filled by local and internal caregivers. Chief Executive Officer Brian Cunningham said, “We have focused on hiring internal and local talent first before looking outside the area. This has saved us significant recruiting and salary costs.

Elizabeth “Beth” Allred has accepted the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position. She has been part of the Gila Regional team since 1992, serving in positions from Director of Registration, Director of Cost Accounting to Assistant Vice President of Finance/ Controller. Beth holds a Master of Business from Western New Mexico University and has served as the CFO understudy in GRMC’s Succession Planning Program.

Gila Regional has a Grant County history that reaches back 128 years. Allred stated, “Thirty years ago when Hillcrest grew into Gila Regional, a new building came with a new way of management – a hired national management agency. Today our hospital has been returned to local management. Now is the time to make real the promise of healing, of coming together to create excellence in patient centered care in our hospital home.”

Jed Rudd has accepted the Assistant Vice-President of Operations position.  He has been part of the Gila Regional team since 2009, serving in positions from occupational therapist, Director of Rehab and Wellness, and Director of Operations. Jedd holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada, holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification, and is a Masters of Business Administration candidate at Western New Mexico University.

“Improving our operations is key to solving our financial problems. We can face these uncertain times by bringing people together with the right tools. We are the right people, we can do it together,” said Rudd.


Dan Otero has accepted the Chief Operations Officer (COO) position.  Otero has held a variety of roles over his 24 years in healthcare. Prior to joining Planetree as Senior Consultant for Patient Centered Lean Services in 2008, Dan’s experiences took him across the healthcare continuum from EMT-Paramedic, Adjunct Paramedic ALS Instructor, to Director of Staff Development, Director of Quality Management & Director of Planetree at Gila Regional. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, a Lean Six Sigma Silver Certification and is a Master of Business Candidate at the University of the Southwest, Hobbs NM.

“Together we can enhance the care experience by directly involving caregivers in the improvement process. This approach can bring greater process efficiency and effectiveness while improving financial returns,” said Otero when asked about his approach as COO.

Gila Regional will not be replacing the positions that Allred and Rudd previously held. This will decrease leadership FTE’s (full-time positions) by 2 positions, resulting in saving GRMC salary dollars.

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Twice lately, someone has used one of MY photos, TAKEN by ME, without attribution or payment to me or the Beat. Remember that ALL PHOTOS ON THE SITE ARE COPYRIGHTED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER. All content is also automatically copyrighted to the creator, when it is posted. 

For all you non-profits out there who hold regular fundraisers and want to thank your supporters, the Beat has a new flat rate of $20 plus GRT for Thank You Ads, which are posted under Community. Thanks for supporting the Beat.

The Beat is very pleased and excited to announce that it has an intern, Alexis Rico, who is studying journalism at New Mexico State University. Please welcome her. We will be experimenting together on some new ways to provide the news to you. We look forward to your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thanks for being a Beat reader!

The Beat thanks all of you who have become friends of the Beat by sponsoring pages.

We have added a new category under Sponsors on the menu—Local businesses. You and your business can benefit from the exposure by contacting the Beat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Someone will contact you for an interview and to take photos. The cost for the sponsorship is $100, and you can continue the relationship by advertising your business for a longer term. The longer the term, the better the discount you receive.

The Beat is now posting legal notices for area governmental agencies. Check under the menu item Community to find Legals for what's happening in the area in the way of meetings and other legal notices.

You may have noticed a blue button on the upper left side of most pages. It says Sponsor GCBTo help defray ever-increasing costs of the Beat and to prevent the requirement for paid subscriptions, the Beat is asking you to choose an amount you want to pay on a one-time or regular basis to SPONSOR a page or feature that you rely on. 

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Comics are now available. As the editor, I chose my favorites first--B.C. and Wizard of Id. The Beat is seeking sponsors for these comics and for your favorites, too. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for rates. 

Check Out Classifieds.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat.

Post YOURS for quick results!

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com.

Go to top