John Ferrelli Named CEO of SageWest Health Care

Entrance sign at Riverton's SageWest Health Care Hospital. Wyotoday photo by Ernie Over

Veteran healthcare leader replaces retiring Alan Daugherty

SageWest Health Care has announced that John Ferrelli has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the two-hospital system in Fremont County. Ferrelli, a 30-year healthcare veteran, will replace retiring CEO Alan Daugherty, effective April 22, 2019.

“We are grateful for the leadership Alan has provided at SageWest since he joined its team in 2017,” said Robert Wampler, president of LifePoint’s Mountain Division, of which SageWest is a part. “He has led important efforts to strengthen the quality of care and grow the services provided at SageWest’s campuses, and we are confident that John will further advance these initiatives. John’s experience leading many types of hospitals in communities throughout the nation uniquely positions him to help SageWest succeed and expand the ways it serves the people of Fremont County.”

Ferrelli’s extensive healthcare management experience includes academic, tertiary-level, safety-net and community medical centers. Most recently, he served as vice president of operations at Vibra Healthcare, LLC, where he was responsible for the management of long-term acute-care hospitals in South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. Before Vibra, Ferrelli held leadership positions at several healthcare organizations across the country. He was CEO at Seton Medical Center and Seton Coastside in Redwood City, California; chief administrative officer (CAO) of the University of Southern California Norris Cancer Hospital in Los Angeles, California; and corporate chief operating officer (COO) of Avanti Hospitals, LLC in El Segundo, California.

“John’s extensive knowledge and leadership experience in managing many types of hospitals will be a tremendous asset to our organization,” said Mike Bailey, chair of the SageWest Board of Trustees. “We are honored to name him CEO, and we look forward to working alongside him in our dedicated effort to making communities healthier.”

Ferrelli earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“Throughout my career, I have sought out opportunities that allow me to be part of a dynamic team committed to delivering the highest quality care possible,” Ferrelli said. “Joining SageWest Health Care provides that opportunity and more. I am eager to get started in this new role, and I look forward to working alongside the Riverton and Lander teams as we strive to provide our communities with great care close to home.” 

About SageWest

Part of LifePoint Health who is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®, SageWest Health Care encompasses two hospitals, which are both fully accredited by the Joint Commission. Located in Fremont County, Wyo., SageWest Health Care provides state-of-the-art medical equipment, including 64-slice CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital mammography, as well as specialty service lines including general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology (ENT), and pediatrics. SageWest provides acute and sub-acute inpatient medical services, emergency room services, intensive care, surgical services, therapy services, imaging and laboratory diagnostic services, sleep lab studies, and infusion services. Visit