New COO Hired to manage Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

January 07, 2014

MISSOULA – Barry Kenfield, former chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Missoula’s Community Medical Center, recently accepted the position of COO of the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana and director of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at the University of Montana.010614kenf

The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, sponsored by UM as part of the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network, operates at Partnership Health Center in Missoula. It is one of three residency programs in Montana.

Ten new family physician residents now are training at hospitals throughout western Montana. The program is conducting interviews for 10 additional residents to join the 2013 inaugural residents. The program will expand to 30 residents in 2015.

The Western Montana AHEC at UM is one of four regional AHEC offices in Montana with a mission to enhance access to quality health care, with a focus on primary and preventive care. This mission is accomplished by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals through community and academic educational partnerships.

Larry White has directed the Western Montana AHEC since it began operations at UM in 2008. He looks forward to retirement and handing the reins over to Kenfield.

“I have worked with Barry for more than 25 years, and I can’t think of a better person to turn these responsibilities over to,” White said.

In his new position, Kenfield will have managerial and financial responsibility, as well as lead and direct all business and operational activity for both organizations, in coordination with residency program director Dr. Ned Vasquez.

“It has been a great pleasure to work with Barry as the residency’s financial mastermind to date,” Vasquez said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to grow the program with Barry in the COO position.”

Kenfield has spent the past six years as a financial and health care consultant assisting rural critical access hospitals and serving as interim CEO for East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville, Wash., Mineral Community Hospital in Superior and Roundup Memorial Hospital. He also acted as interim VP of finance and support services for Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City.

His financial consultant services have been invaluable to the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana since its inception in 2010.

Kenfield is a UM alum and has served on many local agency and foundation boards. He is a current Community Medical Center board member and serves on the UM Foundation Excellence Fund Steering Committee. He has been a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association for 36 years and is past board president for the Montana chapter. He and his wife, Janis, reside in Missoula, where they enjoy golf and attending Grizzly athletic activities.


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Contact: David Forbes, dean, UM College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, 406-243-4621,