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Bozeman Health announced Monday that it has hired a new CEO to replace the executive the hospital fired last year.

John G. Hill will become Bozeman Health’s president and CEO beginning Aug. 1.

“I’m just delighted to be invited to serve,” he said, adding he’s excited about the potential for the hospital network’s growth as both the medical industry and the Bozeman community go through substantial change.

Bozeman Health, he said, is well-positioned to stay abreast of trends in the health care world, making it easier for patients to access care and navigate the health care system, as well as coordinating care across entities like hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.

“John is an experienced health care leader and innovator who brings the requisite executive acumen and industry expertise to lead our organization and to shape and execute the strategic vision established by the board,” Julie Jackson, chairwoman of the Bozeman Health board of directors, said in the announcement.

Hill, she added, “has exposure to diverse markets — rural and urban, nonprofit and for-profit — in four different states,” Jackson said, “which will bring additional innovation and insight to our experienced executive leadership team.”

Raised in Flagstaff, Arizona — what he calls “another great mountain town” — Hill has been a health care executive for more than 20 years, most recently as senior vice president and CEO of the PeaceHealth Oregon West Network. His career has also included stints at the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado and the Medical City Dallas Hospital in Texas, and he holds degrees in biology and business administration from Northern Arizona University.

Hill was chosen after a national search for a replacement for Bozeman Health’s previous CEO, Kevin Pitzer, who was fired last September after the discovery of a decades-old fraud conviction.

Dr. David Chen, the hospital’s chief medical officer, and Gordon Davidson, chief financial officer, led Bozeman Health in the interim.

In January, Billings Clinic, the largest health care organization in the state, announced that it had purchased 54 acres of land in northwest Bozeman with plans to expand its medical services in the city. While it hasn’t publicly stated its intentions for the site, the purchase raises the possibility of local competition for Bozeman Health.

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