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Grady W. Philips III

Sunday, October 10, 2010

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The former top administrator for a metropolitan hospital system in Georgia has been named chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital in Martinsville.

LifePoint Hospitals, which owns Memorial, announced Friday that Grady W. "Skip" Philips III will start his new job with the hospital later this month.

Memorial's previous CEO, Joe Roach, resigned in July after almost two decades in the post. Roach now heads a hospital in Florence, Ala.

Philips most recently was president and chief executive officer of Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins, Ga., for about two years. Houston Healthcare operates two hospitals as well as heart, surgery and urgent care centers, according to its website.

Warner Robins is part of two Georgia counties and has a population of about 49,000. Although it is about 20 miles from Macon, Warner Robins is regarded as a separate metropolitan area, information on the Internet shows.

Before assuming the top job at Houston Healthcare, Philips served in various leadership roles with that hospital system, including chief operating officer and administrator of Houston Medical Center. He oversaw a $75 million, 130,000-square-foot expansion of that hospital, according to a LifePoint release.

Philips previously worked in Virginia. From 1998 to 2006, he held various leadership and administrative roles for Riverside Health System in Newport News, the release showed.

Ryan Shepherd, Memorial's marketing director, said Philips is experienced in improving hospital services and relations with patients and the community.

Tom Weiss, president of LifePoint's Continental Division, said he feels Philips is "the right person to lead" Memorial. Weiss said Philips will start work at Memorial when he returns from the trip.

Philips is on a missions trip to Honduras and could not be reached.

He has master's degrees in health care and business administration from Georgia State University, as well as a bachelor's degree in both chemistry and history from Emory University.

He is involved in church activities and various nonprofit and professional organizations, the LifePoint release said.

He and his wife, Catherine, have three children. His family will join him in Martinsville, the release indicated.


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