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Betsy Hunsicker, 2020 Women of the Year

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HCA/West Valley Medical Center

 

Betsy Hunsicker, 2020 Women of the Year honoree.

Betsy Hunsicker is a thoughtful and pragmatic leader who truly cares about her community, the future of health care and helping others succeed.

As CEO of West Valley Medical Center, Hunsicker works hard to tackle a variety of important health care issues, such as improving of quality and patient satisfaction, enhancing employee engagement and delivering health care services that meet the community’s needs.

“She is the perfect balance between hard driving for outcomes and heartfelt sincerity for people,” wrote Rand Kerr, vice president of of Operations of HCA. in a letter of recommendation. “During her tenure at West Valley Medical Center, she has led the organization to a performance level that is nationally recognized by IBM Watson/Truven Analytics as a Top100 Hospital for six consecutive years.”

As a result of her outstanding leadership abilities, Hunsicker was selected by her colleagues to be the board chairwoman of the Idaho Hospital Association in 2021.

“She approaches her role from a very thoughtful approach, meaning, ‘What does my community need? What are the services that we need to provide? How can we provide access to care and lower the cost of that care in our community?’” said Brian Whitlock, president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association. “She brings that same passion to a statewide level and helps her colleagues across the state with those same challenges.”

Hunsicker takes pride in her role in the professional development of those around her and mentorship of people to achieve bigger and better things.

“I love providing talented people new opportunities and letting them flourish,” Hunsicker said. “I believe that in order to be a good mentor, you need to be very honest and transparent. People appreciate authenticity; they want to know what you’re experiencing.”

As a mentor, Hunsicker hopes to help others see the “why” behind changes and decisions, whether it’s organizational change or personal development.

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“I consider myself very fortunate to have bene ted from her coaching and mentoring for the last 11 years,” said Tracee Hendershott, chief nursing officer, in a letter of recommendation. “Through her commitment to my success and development, I have been able to achieve so much more than I ever thought possible.”

When Hunsicker is not serving her employees and patients, she is serving her family and community. She is proud of her involvement with the Caldwell Swim Club, a USA Swimming-sanctioned team for children ages 6 to 18.

When the club became disorganized, she stepped in to help and worked on its financial stewardship and growing its membership. Before she knew it, she was on the board and became the board president.

“I really do live, work, and play in this community and look for ways to give back — (such as) serving on the planning and zoning commission, the chamber board, the YMCA board and helping at my children’s schools,” Hunsicker said. “I want to give back and be a part of Caldwell.”

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