She favors a suit and heels over spandex and a cape, but that doesn’t mean that Park City Hospital’s new CEO, Lori Weston, isn’t a superhero.
“Lori’s superpower is definitely her ability to see the big picture,” notes Beth Armstrong, executive director of the and member of the hospital’s governing board. “She understands that a healthy community starts with ensuring the most vulnerable have access to quality health care.”
Under Weston’s dynamic leadership, the hospital continues to support the 20-year-old People’s Health Clinic, a nonprofit that offers free and low-cost services to its uninsured patients. She’s also cultivated and enhanced hospital-community partnerships, providing education (suicide prevention, healthy-lifestyle advice, addiction therapy, and more) and medical support at events such as FIS World Championships, Park City Kimball Arts Festival, and Park City Education Foundation’s Running with Ed. Recently, the hospital has also increased on-site services, including medical massage, acupuncture, yoga, sports performance, and brain-fitness programs. It’s also adding new mental health services, including psychology, psychiatry, social work, and medication management at the neighboring Round Valley Clinic.
Formerly the CFO-director of finance for Intermountain Healthcare’s Park City and Heber Hospitals—and most recently the CEO at Bear River Hospital—Weston’s solid business acumen dovetails with her understanding of the local community in her administrator role. And she balances her hard-charging career with single parenting (she’s a mom of three), serving on the boards of two local nonprofits, and jogging five miles per day.
“My goal is to continue providing the most accessible and affordable health care in our community and be a nationally ranked example of how health care can shift to a ‘keep people well’ system, all while continuing to meet the needs of our community,” she says.
Considering Park City Hospital ranks in the 90th percentile for patient satisfaction, the community prognosis looks good. “She is one of the strongest women I know,” says Armstrong. “Our community is lucky to have her fighting for us.”