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Management restructuring announced for four UC hospitals

CBJ Admin
Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012

UPPER CUMBERLAND – A management restructuring has been announced at four Upper Cumberland hospitals that are now part of the Capella-Saint Thomas health system, according to Mark Medley, president of hospital operations for Capella Healthcare.

In May, Capella celebrated a new partnership between Saint Thomas Health and those healthcare facilities – River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Highlands Medical Center in Sparta (formerly White County Community Hospital), DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville and Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. This week, Capella-Saint Thomas is initiating a management restructuring that will help move these facilities to the next level.

Effective immediately, Bill Little has been named full-time CEO for Highlands Medical Center. With the hospital’s million-dollar renovation project starting later this year, the hospital needed the focus of a full-time executive. Little served as CEO for DeKalb and Stones River Hospital for several years, adding Highlands Medical Center last July.

“Bill has done an excellent job dividing his time between the three hospitals and now we want to take full advantage of his expertise at HMC,” Medley said. “This enables the hospital to move forward without delay with the significant opportunities ahead.”

Effective Monday, Bob Luther became interim CEO for DeKalb Community Hospital and Stones River Hospital. Physicians, hospital employees and community members may remember Luther as he previously served as CEO for DeKalb Community Hospital and Stones River Hospital for three years, from 2006-09. Prior to that, he was with Attentus Healthcare as senior vice president for regional operations, with responsibilities for five rural hospitals. He has also served as CEO for a number of other facilities including 300-plus bed Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz.; 194-bed Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, S.C.; and 25-bed Colorado River Medical Center in Needles, Calif.

“We’re delighted Bob has agreed to lead these two hospitals during this transitional time. He is a seasoned healthcare executive and will help us continue to make progress even as we are seeking the right person to take us into the future,” Medley said.

Additionally, Medley announced the creation of a new position, market chief financial officer (CFO), which will serve all four facilities. A nationwide search to identify the ideal candidate for this role as well as the new chief executive officer for DeKalb and Stones River has been launched this week.

“This restructuring and the creation of these new positions will help us fully realize the opportunity before us as we work together to continue expanding access to physicians and services, improving quality of care, and enhancing patient satisfaction for people throughout the Upper Cumberland region,” Medley said.

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