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Reuben Jessop, Market CEO

Reuben Jessop has been selected as Ernest Health’s new Market CEO for the Utah area. In this role, Jessop will be responsible for leading Northern Utah Rehabilitation Hospital in South Ogden and Utah Valley Specialty Hospital in Provo.

Bringing more than 18 years of healthcare experience to his role, Jessop previously served as the Vice President of Operations at a 308-bed Level II trauma center in Salt Lake City. Prior to that, he held several clinical and leadership positions at both Ernest Health hospitals that he now will serve as CEO.

“I worked at Ernest Health’s hospitals in Utah for almost 12 years, so my new role feels like a natural progression,” Jessop says. Jessop says he’s returning to Ernest Health and the hospitals for a variety of reasons, but the company’s Guiding Principles are a main contributing factor.

“The Guiding Principles have always resonated with me because they put the patient at the core of everything we do,” Jessop says. “I lean on them when I’m making decisions because they ensure that we’re always doing what’s right and best for the patient. It’s truly how we operate; they’re not just words on paper. The Guiding Principles allow me to be the authentic leader I want to be with a constant patient focus.”

Reuben’s passion for patient care began at an early age. He became interested in healthcare after watching his sister’s medical journey with cerebral palsy.  “She went through a lot of medical care,” he says. “In particular, she had a fantastic physical therapist that helped her to walk at age six when we thought she’d never be able to.”

This piqued Jessop’s interest and led him to the field of physical therapy, where he earned a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City. Jessop is a board-certified neuro clinical specialist with a focus on Parkinson’s disease and stroke. He’s served on several community boards, including as the Utah chapter president of the American Parkinson Disease Association and as fundraising chair for the Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports board. He also has served on advisory committees for the American Stroke Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“When I was pursuing my physical therapy degree, I became interested in the neurological field as well,” Jessop says. This led to conducting research with the department head of the neurology program at the University of Utah School of Physical Therapy, whose area of focus was Parkinson’s disease. “I fell in love with that patient population,” Jessop says, “and I continue to stay close to the strides being made in rehabilitation and medical management of these individuals.”

During his first stint at Northern Utah Rehabilitation Hospital, Jessop led the efforts for the hospital to achieve national Joint Commission accreditation for Parkinson’s disease and stroke care, making the hospital a regional healthcare treatment destination for those populations.  At the same time, the hospital was named in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the nation for patient outcomes for four consecutive years under his leadership.

“Earning a national recognition takes a tremendous amount of teamwork,” Jessop says. “The employees are obviously critical to everything we accomplish. They have to be skilled, motivated, and valued. I feel a great responsibility to foster a culture that reflects our Guiding Principles and provides our employees with productive work environments.”

Many of the employees that Jessop worked with in the past are still employed at the hospitals now.

“That’s a testament to Ernest Health,” he says. “These individuals are choosing to have long careers at the hospitals, and I want to do everything I can so that we’ll remain their employer of choice for many years to come. I want us all to continue to successfully serve our patients and the community with the highest level of specialized rehabilitative care available.”

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