Feb. 03 -- Joel Hickman is leaving the banking industry to become Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations for the Saint Alphonsus Health System . Hickman previously served as as regional president of U.S. Bank's Idaho Division, where he oversaw more than 400 employees and $1.7 billion in assets for about one year. Before that, Hickman worked at KeyBank for 25 years, including the last nine as the Idaho District president. Hickman said his new job is to answer questions and to help direct both corporate and community groups to those resources . "I'll be working with United Way -type groups that have concerns or a mission around health issues," Hickman said. "On the corporate side, my job will be to answer any questions and work with businesses to help shepherd resources to them that will keep costs low and their workers healthy." Hickman said he chose to leave U.S. Bank because he wanted to try something different. Hickman, 57, said he hopes to retire after seven to 10 years at his new job. "Believe it or not, health care and banking share similarities in terms of their operations model," Hickman said. "Both are heavily regulated. Both have gone through a lot of changes in the last four or five years." ___ (c)2014 The Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho) Visit The Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho) at www.idahostatesman.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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