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Bozeman Health Announces Board of Managers for Big Sky Medical Center


Bozeman Health Board of Directors’ Chair Julie Jackson is pleased to announce the inaugural Board of Managers for Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center. Inaugural board members include Board of Managers Chair Taylor Middleton; Loren Bough; Steve Karl, MD; Elizabeth Lewis; Renae Schumacher; Kirk Weber, MD; and Hans Williamson.

“We are very pleased to have such experienced and committed leaders working with us to ensure the success of our new medical center,” said Jackson. “Their willingness to serve is a testament to their deep connection to the community, and advancing healthcare for the residents and visitors of Big Sky and southern Gallatin County is a key priority for us all.

Taylor Middleton has been appointed as Chair of the Big Sky Medical Center Board of Managers. Taylor is a longtime advocate for the medical center and has worked with the Bozeman Health leadership for many years on this initiative. Taylor has been General Manager of Big Sky Resort since 1995 and became President in 2011, following a decade of leadership in the resort’s sales and marketing operations when the resort transformed itself into a nationally recognized destination. Big Sky Resort now serves over 8,000 guests during peak visitation periods and employs 1,500 staff, with a total of 450,000 visits a year. Beyond his professional experiences, Taylor has a deep history of civic engagement including leading legislative initiatives, founding community organizations, and serving on multiple civic and corporate boards. A full-time resident of Big Sky for 35 years, Taylor was presented the Chet Huntley Lifetime Achievement Award by the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

Loren Bough was raised farming and ranching in Highwood, Montana. Upon completion of his degree at Harvard, Loren worked as a trader in New York, London, and Moscow. Loren has been an active entrepreneur and philanthropist in Russia for the past 20 years with a focus on investment banking, retail, and real estate. Since moving to Big Sky in 2004, he and his wife Jill have focused on local educational and philanthropic issues. He currently serves as Chair of the Big Sky School District Board of Trustees, President of Friends of Big Sky Education, Chair of the Warren Miller Performing Art Center Board, Chairman of the Board of Property and Environment Research Center, Vice President of the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and a Trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.

Stephen (Steve) Karl, MD has visited Big Sky since the early nineties. His professional experience includes starting pediatric surgery programs at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire and at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. His family’s love of skiing frequently brought them to Big Sky, where they have had a residence since 2001. Dr. Karl oversaw the federal Emergency Medicine Services for Children grant for the state of South Dakota from 1994 until his retirement. This led to his role as the Academy of Pediatrics’ representative to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Dr. Karl was the medical director of the paramedic program in Sioux Falls and is a licensed paramedic in Montana. Dr. Karl and his wife Rhonda are very involved with the Big Sky community and are active in weed management, trail maintenance, and river cleanup. Dr. Karl worked part-time as a pediatric surgeon and volunteered as a ski patroller at Big Sky for three years before fully retiring, and is now in his fourth year as a pro-patroller and has trained with the Big Sky Fire Department.

Elizabeth S. (Liz) Lewis RN, MSN, JD is the Chief Operating Officer for Bozeman Health and is an Executive Dyad Partner with the Chief Medical Officer providing executive leadership and oversight for Big Sky Medical Center operations and clinical quality. Liz has held various leadership roles at Bozeman Health since 1992, including VP of Clinical Services, VP of Support Services, and Chief Legal Officer. She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Before law school, Lewis served in nursing leadership roles at facilities in Montana, Mississippi, Oregon and Louisiana.

Renae Schumacher moved from Sturgis, SD to Big Sky in 1993 where she began working at the Big Sky Conoco and soon thereafter became its owner. Renae has been an active community participant and business leader and has served on various community boards throughout the years. Currently she serves on the Big Sky Fire Board, has served two terms on the Big Sky Resort Tax Board, Big Sky Chamber, Big Sky Arts Association, and homeowners associations. Renae and her husband, Steve Schumacher, enjoy raising their three teenage boys while skiing, hiking, biking and taking full advantage of this spectacular place. Big Sky is home and she takes great pride in being involved with these active boards that help shape this community.

Kirk E. Weber, MD, FACEP has recently joined the Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center as an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Weber is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and previously practiced emergency medicine in Hawaii, where he was emergency department vice chair at Hilo Medical Center. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. Weber earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed an internship at Blodgett Medical Center in Michigan. He is board certified in emergency medicine.

Hans Williamson is Vice President of Operations and General Manager at Yellowstone Club. Yellowstone Club is the World’s only private residential ski and golf Club in the World located on 13,600 acres in Southwestern Montana with 2,200 acres of private powder skiing and a Tom Weiskopf designed golf course. Hans leads the Yellowstone Club Operations team, including 1,100 team members in the winter and 425 team members in the summer to provide an unprecedented level of amenities and service to the Membership and their families and guests. Hans graduated from Cornell University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration. Hans’ wife of 31 years Kim, is a yoga instructor and they live in Big Sky and have two sons.

Taylor Middleton looks forward to continuing his leadership role with the Board of Managers. “The Big Sky community has more than doubled in size since the year 2000,” says Middleton. “Our guests expect a hospital; and our community residents need a hospital. This is going to be a transformational moment for our community that we will look back on forever in history.”

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