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Laird is interim CEO at Regina Medical Center

While he's anything but new at Regina Medical Center, Stewart Laird now has a new title.

Laird is the interim chief executive officer at Regina. He is filling in while a nationwide search is under way for a new CEO. It is expected that the search will take four to six months.

Mark Wilson, the previous CEO, resigned at the end of May. He is taking some time off and will be pursuing work in the health care field after his time off.

Laird has been on the board of directors at Regina for more than 10 years. He has most recently served on the healthcare board at the center.

"I'm familiar with what we're doing, and where we are going," Laird said this week.

Laird is a Twin Cities native. He grew up in the Anoka area and attended college at St. John's, served in the U.S. Army and later attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota. He has been working in the healthcare field since graduating in 1965.

He also earned a degree in advanced management at Harvard University.

Laird has spent much of his career in Catholic health care, and is a former chairman of the board for the Catholic Healthcare Association of the United States.

"I like the challenge of providing quality patient care and keeping up with the changes that occur both technologically and in terms of how you treat patients and illnesses," he said. "That's all changed dramatically in those 45 years. I like working with physicians and with our nursing team to ensure we are providing the best care we can. That's what really energizes me."

Laird lives in St. Paul with his wife. They have six adult children and 18 grandchildren.