The Johnson Healthcare Center is pleased to announce that its newest CEO is Luke Senden, whose first day will be July 5, 2021.

“We are excited to have Luke join our team,” said interim CEO Laurie Hansen. “He has a long list of successes in his time in healthcare, and his strong financial background will be an asset as we consider a building project and implementation of a new or expanded electronic health record.”

Luke earned a bachelor’s of science in accounting from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a master’s in business administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Luke has spent the past three years serving as the CFO at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Nebraska. During his time at Box Butte, the net operating revenue grew nearly 17 percent. Prior to his time in Nebraska, Luke was the CFO for Greeley County Health Services, where he provided financial leadership to a critical access hospital, two rural health clinics and two long-term care facilities. He also served in the Wyoming Army National Guard from January 2009 to January 2015 and was deployed under Operation Enduring Freedom.

In a press release, Senden had this to say…“I believe healthcare is one of the greatest teamwork industries that exist in the world,” “Every role is essential in creating an excellent patient experience. I have a passion and desire to lead an organization that strives to serve the communities healthcare needs.”

In every role he’s had since entering the healthcare field, Luke said, he’s been able to help the organization find new levels of success.

“I believe that the skills and ability to help Johnson County Healthcare Center navigate the challenges facing rural healthcare both now and into the future – ensuring the organization has the foundation to continue its mission for generations to come,” Luke said.

Luke said he was drawn to the position in Buffalo because he loved growing up in a small town, and it’s always been a desire of his to raise his family in that environment. Luke will move to Buffalo with his wife and young daughter.

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