Nate Olsen successfully made the transition from the financial to the health care industry.

When Nate Olsen starts work at Centura Health next month, he will be responsible for overseeing an enormous task: moving Penrose Community Hospital to St. Francis Medical Center.
Olsen recently took time to tell CSBJ about himself and his business.
Organization: Centura Health/Penrose Community Hospital (St. Francis Medical Center)
Position: Chief administrative officer
Hometown: Woodland Park
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: I’m currently in process of moving from Canon City.
Education: Bachelor’s degree with a double major in accounting and business administration, Western State College; MBA, the University of Phoenix.
A few words about your company: Centura Health is the largest health care provider in Colorado and the state’s fourth largest private employer. Centura Health provides care to more than 500,000 people each year. The Centura family includes 12 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics and home care and hospice services. In Colorado Springs, we employ nearly 3,000 people.
Recent accomplishments: I was selected to become the chief administrative officer for northern Colorado Springs’ largest full-service hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, which is being built on the corner of Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard. The hospital is scheduled to celebrate its grand opening the week of Aug. 8.
Biggest career break: When a colleague recognized my talents for building relationships and consensus outside the finance field and hired me to be administrator of a small community hospital.
The toughest part of your job: Balancing the numerous competing interests for health care dollars between physicians, associates, patients and equipment when costs continue to rise and reimbursements continue to shrink.
Someone you admire: My wife, who always finds the best in everyone and everything.
About your family: Kris, my high school sweetheart, wife and soul mate of almost 30 years; Jackey, 19, a junior business major at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Hannah, 17, a junior at Canon City High School.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: To create a culture at the new St. Francis Medical Center that is unsurpassed in providing customer service and creativity and where the employees are “turned on” to come to work. To provide a world class medical campus and environment where employees find their work worthwhile, physicians are valued as true partners and feel their patients are receiving quality care, and patients feel they have received the most compassionate and quality care possible. To make a significant difference in the way people in Colorado Springs are able to access health care.
How your business will change during the next decade: Financial and access issues will continue to plague health care, along with a shortage of workers. I anticipate that the way we provide health care will have to be completely reinvented during the next decade. How this will happen is up to us.
What book are you currently reading? “The Janitor: How an Unexpected Friendship Transformed a CEO and His Company,” by Todd Hopkins and Ray Hilbert, and “Become a Better You,” by Joel Osteen.
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? The way we provide health care for those in our community. Through continued work with our many talented health care agencies and professionals we can and will make a difference for generations to come.