President & CEO
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Russ joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital as President and Chief Executive Officer on Aug. 1, 2016. A seasoned health care executive with 30 years of successful senior leadership in hospitals and health systems, he previously served as Senior Vice President of Network Development and Outreach with the Centura Health System in Englewood, Colorado.He began his health care career in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was an assistant administrator and administrative fellow for a 540-bed regional medical center and was promoted to vice president of operations for VHA Iowa before returning to the Kansas City area to become assistant administrator of operations for Saint Luke’s Northland, a position he held for eight years. Russ was chief operating officer for Edinburg Regional Medical Center, a 169-bed, two-campus hospital in south Texas, from 1997 to 2000. He then served as the CEO for San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, Colorado, for 13 years. Russ is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He received a bachelor’s degree in management and economics from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.