Christopher R. Bjornberg Named PMC CEO

Christopher R. Bjornberg Named PMC CEO
Courtesy of PMC.

WAYNE – Following a thorough search and interview process led by Providence Medical Center’s Board of Directors, PMC will have a new CEO in 2022.

According to a release from Foundation and Marketing Director, Melissa Nelsen, Christopher R. Bjornberg has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for PMC.

Bjornberg has accepted the role with effective date of January 24, 2022. He brings extensive experience in the healthcare industry to his new position at PMC.  His most recent position was the Medical Center Director/CEO for The Department of Veterans Affair in Walla Walla, WA.

In addition, he holds a Masters of Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting & Finance and Healthcare Management from American InterContinental University.

PMC Board of Directors President, Matt Ley commented, “The PMC Board of Directors is excited to welcome Chris Bjornberg to our team and community. He has a wealth of CEO experience both with multiple critical care rural hospitals, in Nebraska, and much larger institutions. We had a very difficult choice in our CEO hire, as our candidates were all very strong, showing the vibrancy and health of PMC. We are confident Mr. Bjornberg will be a great fit with our staff, providers and communities. Thank you to everyone who participated in the hiring process. The Board is very excited for the future of PMC.”

Chris Bjornberg adds, “I am very grateful for this opportunity to be a part of such a great team and a great community. I am looking forward to seeing what great things we are going to accomplish together.”

Bjornberg will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Providence Medical Center effective January 24, 2022.


In mid-October, Board of Directors at Providence Medical Center announced the resignation of current CEO, Jim Frank effective December 31, 2021. Frank has served as the CEO since June of 2015 and has played an integral role in Providence Medical Center’s many successes throughout his tenure. The board is grateful to Frank for his leadership, vision and dedication to PMC the past six and a half years and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

In conversation, Frank stated he is proud of his accomplishments the past six and a half years including PMC being designated as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for three of the past six years, Women’s Choice awards for Emergency, Outpatient and Obstetrics care and several other patient satisfaction and quality awards.

Frank has enjoyed working with the supportive PMC Board of Directors to update their facilities and equipment, getting to know PMC’s exceptional staff members and helping to build a culture of Service Excellence.

Jim Frank and his wife, Dulce, have greatly enjoyed being part of the community and meeting so many area residents.

When asked what his next plans were, Frank responded with, “our short-term plans are to pursue a business venture back in South Dakota near our hometown.”


About Providence Medical Center

For more than 40 years, Providence Medical Center (PMC) has been recognized as a leader in providing extraordinary rural healthcare to over 15,000 individuals and families in Northeast Nebraska. Located in Wayne, NE the Medical Center offers 21 spacious patient rooms including 2 OB suites, 2 critical care rooms and 1 hospice family room.

The Medical Center also offers nearly 20 different specialty physician services through the Outpatient Clinic and performs 15,000 procedures annually utilizing Providence’s laboratory, imaging, and surgical services. In addition to these services, PMC is home to several highly developed behavior health, rehabilitation therapy and wellness programs.

Providence Medical Center employs more than 200 individuals, making it one of the major employers in Wayne and the surrounding rural communities. This team of professionals is committed to carry out PMC’s mission of providing quality healthcare in the Spirit of Christ.