Odette Bolano, 2020 CEO of Influence

Odette Bolano, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review

From an early age, Odette Bolano knew she wanted to enter health care administration.

After graduating from Texas Christian University with a nursing degree, she went on to pursue a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston. She’s worked as a critical care nurse and as an operating room nurse, which she said allowed her to better understand the clinical side of health care.

“I’ve been blessed to be able to work in very different sectors of the health-care world,” Bolano said.

She has held a number of leadership roles over the years, including being a nursing director, a chief nursing officer and a CEO, and Bolano was formerly the president of the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Today she is the president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System.

Bolano also spent more than a decade in Catholic health care in Arizona and Texas before moving to California for a senior vice president position with Kaiser Permanente. But the chance to once again work in a Catholic health care setting brought her to Saint Alphonsus and to Idaho.