Four months after a Tennessee company purchased St. Francis, the hospital’s chief executive officer announced Friday a new Board of Directors has been formed to work with leadership.
When LifePoint Health acquired the financially struggling hospital on Dec. 31, executives promised to appoint a board that would offer insight and play a role in how the organization was operated. Previously, St. Francis was a nonprofit hospital with the board as the ultimate governing authority. LifePoint is a for-profit corporation and controlled by its own Board of Directors.
“These individuals are exceptional leaders within their respective industries, and I am confident they will bring valuable new perspectives to our hospital board,” said David Koontz, chief executive officer of St. Francis Hospital. “St. Francis has been a true community partner for more than 70 years, and the appointment of these new trustees is reflective of the hospital’s continued commitment to the community as we embark on a new chapter as part of LifePoint Health.”
The 11-member board of Trustees of St. Francis Hospital will help execute the hospital’s strategic plan and ensure that St. Francis continues to provide the highest quality care to the people of Columbus, according to a news release from St. Francis.
The board members are:
▪ John Adams, colon/rectal surgeon, St. Francis Center for Surgical Care
▪ Martha S. Bickerstaff, community leader
▪ Stephen T. Butler, chairman of the board, W.C. Bradley
▪ Vic Chhokar, cardiologist, Chhokar Clinic
▪ Audrey Hollingsworth, former human resources executive
▪ David Koontz, CEO, St. Francis Hospital
▪ Leland McCluskey, orthopedic surgeon, St. Francis Orthopedic Institute
▪ Sylvester McRae, OB-GYN, OBGYN Physician Partners
▪ Michael Sims, family practice doctor, Horizon Diagnostics
▪ Philip Thayer, president, J.P. Thayer Company
▪ Patty Watson, senior executive vice president and CIO, TSYS