Monday, October 1, 2012

Elk Regional Welcomes Vice President of Human Resources

Curt L. Oberholtzer, MA, SPHR
Elk Regional Health Center has selected Curt L. Oberholtzer, a Masters-prepared Human Resources executive with more than 20 years of experience in health care, as its Vice President of Human Resources.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Curt to Elk Regional,” Mr. Bauer said. “Our executive search team was impressed with his considerable administrative experience, command of managing a large, complex human resources environment, and his demonstrated success at tackling difficult HR-related issues. I believe he will be instrumental in helping this organization move forward.”

As the Vice President of Human Resources for the Health Center, Mr. Oberholtzer and his staff will work to meet the needs of the nearly 1,100 employees throughout the Health Center and its affiliates. He will be instrumental in revitalizing Elk Regional’s organizational culture, performance management, selection, leadership, and Human Resources Centers.

The move to Elk Regional enables Mr. Oberholtzer, a native of Lancaster, Pa., to return to his home state not far from where he was born and raised.

“It is a privilege to join the leadership team at Elk Regional,” Mr. Oberholtzer said. “As someone with lifelong ties to Pennsylvania, I appreciate the value of an organization such as Elk Regional. I’m excited about the opportunity to share in the effort to build the premier healthcare provider in the region and to help Elk Regional become not only the provider of choice, but the employer of choice as well.”

Mr. Oberholtzer’s position is a significant part of the organizational restructuring plan that was approved by Elk Regional’s Board of Directors in December 2011.

“On a day-to-day basis, there will be things that come about that will cause anxiety – just as there are at any organization of Elk Regional’s size and stature,” Mr. Oberholtzer said. “My role as a leader is to set a tone within the human resources function and, by extension, influence the broader Health Center.”

Most recently, Mr. Oberholtzer completed 10 years of service with Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, Wisconsin where he was the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development, including ancillary support department responsibilities. His background includes leadership positions at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis. and at Edward Hospital and Health Services in Naperville, Ill.

Mr. Oberholtzer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication from Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. He earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the graduate school at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Mr. Oberholtzer and his wife, April, have two children, Aaron and Brittany.