The Billings Clinic Board of Directors announced the hiring of the next Chief Executive Officer of Billings Clinic. Dr. Scott Ellner, who will assume duties as of 2020.
Dr. Ellner has been serving as Group President and CEO of Centura Health Physician Group in Colorado. In this role, Scott had oversight of 900 physicians as part of the 17 hospital and 235 clinic system that spans across Colorado and into western Kansas.
After earning his Master’s in Public Health, Dr. Ellner pursued his medical degree (D.O.) at Western University of Health Sciences. This was followed by a residency in general surgery at the University of California San Diego. After residency, he went to the University of Connecticut for an advanced fellowship in minimally invasive surgery.
Scott practiced as a trauma surgeon in Connecticut at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, which is part of the Trinity Health System, while also serving as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He became President of the Saint Francis Medical Group in Hartford, Connecticut, where he led a group of over 500 physicians.
Dr. Ellner has led focused initiatives to improve quality and patient safety. In addition to his clinical practice and leadership role at St. Francis, he completed a year-long fellowship on patient safety and leadership with the American Hospital Association and earned a Master’s in Health Care Management from Harvard University.
Dr. Ellner speaks nationally and internationally on surgical quality and physician leadership and has several peer-reviewed publications. In 2013, he was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 50 Leaders in Patient Safety.
Dr. Ellner and his wife Jenn, a critical care nurse, are looking forward to living in Billings with their two children.
“As a board, we are very impressed with Dr. Ellner’s passion for patient safety and quality, along with his commitment to the people that make it possible to deliver on the mission,” said Joy Ott, Billings Clinic Board Chair. Ott also expressed gratitude to Dr. Bob Merchant and Dr. John Schallenkamp for their work as interim co-CEOs .