Steve Loveless has been officially named president and CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare.
Loveless has been serving as acting president since former president Jason Barker resigned in February after three years at the hospital.
Barker at the time declined to say why he was leaving the hospital or where he was moving to.
The 42-year-old Loveless had been the hospital’s chief operating officer when he assumed leadership.
“The St. Vincent board of directors unanimously agreed on this decision, and the SCL Health Board supported it wholeheartedly,” the hospital said Monday in a statement.
Loveless has been with St. Vincent since 2012 and has a long history in health care. He has served in executive position with St. Edward Mercy Health System in Fort Smith, Ark., and with Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.
When named acting president in February, Loveless said he planned no sweeping changes.
“My message to the organization is to carry on,” he said. “I don’t want to disrupt what’s going on. I want to reassure folks we’re on the right path.”
Loveless holds a master’s degree in health administration from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
In addition to his health care commitments, Loveless is also active in the community, serving with the Big Sky Economic Development board, Rotary International and the MSUB Health Administration Program Advisory board.