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Hospital CEO search detailed

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

By BENJAMIN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

A national search is underway for a new CEO for Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, according to market CEO Eric Deaton.

Deaton, who oversees the South Central Virginia market for LifePoint Hospitals, spoke Tuesday at the Henry County Board of Supervisors’ 3 p.m. meeting. The market Deaton covers includes both Memorial Hospital and Danville Regional Hospital, both of which are owned by LifePoint Hospitals.

The previous CEO of Memorial Hospital, Grady “Skip” Philips III, announced his resignation in November, according to previous Bulletin reports.

“Recently, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and Danville Regional have announced plans to collaborate under one market structure,” Deaton said. “We believe that creating this market structure will allow us to do a lot of things differently and better across that market. ... It helps us to be more financially viable going forward in the future.”

Deaton said he has been asked if Memorial Hospital would have its own CEO under the new market structure.

“We do want to have a full-time chief executive officer here at our hospital,” Deaton said. “As we continue to grow within the community, we think it’s important to have an executive on the ground here representing our hospital locally. So we are conducting a national search for that person now.”

Deaton said over the past year, LifePoint has spent roughly $6 million on capital improvements between Memorial Hospital and Danville Regional.

“We want to be a good employer, and make sure we’re providing good jobs for people and good benefits along with that,” he said.

He added that Memorial Hospital is either the first or second largest employer in Martinsville and Henry County, and Danville Regional is the single largest employer in Danville.

Also Tuesday in a closed session, the supervisors voted to appoint Richard Hall to the Patriot Centre Advisory Board for a two-year term extending through Dec. 31, 2015.


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