July/August 2000

Marymount Medical Center, London, KY
Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, KY

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Lowell Jones
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marymount Medical Center
London, Ky.
Our Lady of the Way Hospital
Martin, Ky.

"During the last five years, we’ve taken a small rural hospital and turned it into a small health system," said Lowell Jones, president and chief executive officer of Marymount Medical Center in London, Ky. and Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, Ky. "We’ve developed a continuum of care with two hospitals, ten primary care clinics, two sub-acute units, a number of specialty units, two home health agencies and a hospice facility," he said.

"We appreciate the fact that Catholic Health Initiatives is a faith-based organization that has a national presence," said Jones. "There is much to be gained from access to the multitude of experiences the market-based organizations have had. The diversity and shared experiences have paid dividends to us, because we have implemented many ideas that we’ve picked up from other organizations."

Jones said that Marymount and Our Lady of the Way have grown net revenues from $15 million to more than $65 million since 1992, but their driving force is serving a larger number of people. "The growth has come about because we’ve implemented necessary services in areas where they hadn’t been available before," said Jones. "While numbers are one way to measure how an organization is doing, it’s more important to accomplish service to people in need. Finances are just a yardstick with which we measure how we did that."

Jones received his bachelor’s of science degree and master’s of business administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky. His wife, Linda, is a teacher in the public school system. They have two daughters, Rosmond and Robyn.

Looking ahead, Jones predicts more groundbreaking work. "We’d like to develop alternative ways to serve patients when reimbursements have been dramatically reduced," said Jones. "We must develop innovative ways to continually build healthier communities, including ways to see patients at the times in their lives when they need care."