H. Gary Pehrson, northern regional vice president for IntermountainHealth Care, has been elected chairman of The Healthcare Forum, a 3,500-member organization of healthcare leaders and managers.

As chairman in the volunteer position, he will provide overall leadership in the next 12 months and still maintain his IHC job. Following his term, he will continue to serve on the board of directors.The forum focuses on providing healthcare professionals with future-oriented educational opportunities and information that will enhance their performance with the goal of improving healthcare delivery.

Pehrson has 20 years of health care management experience as assistant administrator, associate administrator and administrator of IHC hospitals. Prior to his northern region assignment in 1985, he was administrator of McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.