SCOTTSBLUFF - Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff announced Wednesday Chief Executive Officer John Mentgen voluntarily terminated his role as President and CEO of Regional West Health Services, exercising an option in his employment contract. 

The executive committee of Regional West’s board met with Mentgen Wednesday morning and asked the remaining senior leadership team to work together to maintain day-to-day operations at Regional West Medical Center and the region’s health services system.

“The Board remains deeply committed to our community and employees, and to ensuring Regional West provides not only an exceptional patient experience, but an engaging and amazing workplace for our team members as well," Regional West Health Services board chairman Hod Kosman said. "We are looking forward to the exciting next chapter in the life of Regional West, and to collaborating with our team and community to select new leadership to help guide Regional West forward.”

The Board of Regional West Health Services meets Thursday to discuss Mentgen’s departure, leadership transition, and determine the process to find a new President and CEO.

Earlier this month, the Board of Regional West commenced an independent comprehensive employee culture and engagement assessment to get employees’ thoughts and input to help inform and shape the renewed direction of Regional West.