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Interim CEO Appointed

The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch board of directors has appointed Kevin Miller as the interim chief executive officer of Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, effective September 8, 2015.

kevin-miller-8-12-15“We are delighted to welcome Kevin Miller to the YBGR family and look forward to the contributions he will make,” said Ron Sexton, the chairman of the YBGR board of directors. “He brings to YBGR a wealth of executive-level leadership and management experience in health care, including mental health, after serving in leadership positions at several prominent organizations.”

Miller served most recently as the president and chief executive officer of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System in Hutchinson, Kansas. He retired in June 2015.

“I am honored to accept the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization through the transitional period in preparing for a permanent chief executive officer,” Miller said. “YBGR has a tradition of excellence in providing help, hope, and healing to youth and their families. Thousands of lives have been touched because of dedicated, passionate, and well-trained staff. I look forward to working with the board of directors, our staff, community and state leaders, and others as we strive to provide the best mental health care youth.”

As part of the executive team of Cleveland Clinic Health System, Miller served as the president and CEO of ACMC Healthcare System and Ashtabula County Medical Center in Ohio. He also served as the president and CEO of Medical Center of Southern Indiana. Miller worked in senior-level management positions at Charter Medical Corporation, the nation’s largest investor-owned behavioral healthcare provider, in addition to BroMenn Healthcare, Inc. and St. James Hospital in Illinois.

Miller is board-certified in health care management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the College of St. Francis and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Records Administration from Illinois State University. He is a Registered Health Information Administrator.

Miller replaces Shawn Byrne, who on July 6, 2015, was asked by the board of directors to serve as acting CEO until an interim CEO could be appointed. Byrne will return to his position as the Chief Operating Officer of Community Based Services for YBGR.

YBGR is a nonprofit organization trusted locally and nationally as a leader in the field of mental health care for children and their families. YBGR staff impact approximately 700 youth each day through the psychiatric residential treatment facility in Billings and Community Based Services throughout Montana.

Faith Chapel Volunteers at YBGR

Close to 100 Faith Chapel members will be volunteering at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch as a part of their weekly Tuesdays on the Town summer service project. The group will be painting buildings, landscaping, and making repairs across the 410-acre campus west of Billings.

Faith Chapel volunteers refinished a bridge on the YBGR campus in 2014.
Faith Chapel volunteers refinished a bridge on the YBGR campus in 2014.

“It’s exhilarating to see how we at Faith Chapel can directly impact our city,” said Ryan Gomendi, the event organizer. “It’s especially great knowing that our volunteer work is positively affecting youth at YBGR.”

Tuesday, July 28 marks the third time the group has donated their efforts and resources to help YBGR spiff up their campus.

“We are delighted to host Faith Chapel, and we’re thankful for their generosity,” said YBGR Chief Development Officer Christi Beals. “It’s folks like them who continue to make YBGR a beautiful place for youth to heal.”