BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Michael C. Tillman, president and CEO of WVU Medicine United Hospital Center, announced that Ivar “Skip” Gjolberg has been named the administrator for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. Gjolberg will oversee the operations of the hospital as it becomes part of the WVU Medicine/UHC family.
Gjolberg is currently the chief executive officer/administrator of Cuero Community Hospital (CCH) in Cuero, Texas. Over the past two and a half years, he has led successful hospital initiatives, including the acquisition of three primary care clinics; recruitment of new physicians, including three family practice/OB physicians, a podiatrist, and general surgeon; and implementation of a hospitalist program.
Prior to his leadership of CCH, he was the chief administrative officer of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin, where he was responsible for clinical and support services as well as the construction of a 137,000-square-foot replacement hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital was named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics for 2012 and 2013. Previously, he held leadership positions with hospitals in the Hospital Sisters Health System in Wisconsin.
Gjolberg received his Master of Science in Safety Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Texas A&M University.
He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Rural Health Association. He has been active in his community with the Cuero Lions Club, the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, St. Joseph’s Youth Ministry, and was a founder of the Holy Family Parish Men’s Group.
Gjolberg is originally from Williamsburg, Va., and is married with five children. He will reside in Buckhannon and will officially begin as the administrator for St. Joseph’s Hospital in mid-April.