September/October 2007

Woods to be Chief Executive for New Kentucky Collaboration


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Eugene Woods, Chief Executive for New Kentucky Collaboration

Woods to be Chief Executive for New Kentucky Collaboration
Catholic Health Initiatives’ Kentucky Transition Task Force announced the appointment of Eugene Woods as chief executive officer of the new organization being formed by the collaboration and consolidation of four of Catholic Health Initiatives’ providers in Kentucky. The four are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bardstown; Marymount Medical Center, London; Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; and Saint Joseph HealthCare of Lexington, Berea and Mount Sterling. The new, consolidated organization will begin operating in January 2008.

Woods, currently president and chief executive officer of Saint Joseph HealthCare, will serve in a dual leadership role until his successor at Saint Joseph is named by the Saint Joseph board of directors.

Woods was the unanimous choice of the Kentucky Transition Task Force, which is comprised of executives, board members and physicians from the four consolidating organizations. “I believe Gene has the vision, the passion and the integrity to lead the new, consolidated organization in a collaborative manner, with faithfulness to our mission,” said Mike Fiechter, board chair for Marymount Medical Center. “I think he will bring a balanced approach and a ‘big picture’ view to his role, taking into account what’s best for all of the communities we serve, as well as the needs and interests of employees and medical staff across the region.”

Woods continues to work closely with the other chief executive officers of the consolidating organizations—Virginia Dempsey, president and chief executive officer of Marymount Medical Center; Bruce Klockars, president and chief executive officer of Flaget Memorial Hospital; and Kathy Stumbo, president and chief executive officer of Our Lady of the Way Hospital—to prepare for the transition to the new organization.