Doctors Hospital names top executive

Almost five months after Doctors Hospital was purchased by the Medical Center Hospital Authority, Doctors Hospital announced its new top leader.

Kevin Sass has been named senior executive officer for Doctors Hospital. He will oversee daily operations and handle other tasks usually associated with a chief executive officer's role.

Prior to his current position, Sass was vice president of professional services at The Medical Center since 1998.

"Kevin has been an outstanding leader at The Medical Center," Lance Duke, president and CEO of The Medical Center, said in a statement. "His proven leadership, deep commitment to high quality patient care and ability to build strong relationships with physicians, employees and the community are qualities essential to Doctors Hospital's continued success."

Duke acted as interim CEO for Doctors Hospital, a 219-bed acute care hospital, while the hospital transitioned from a for-profit medical facility to a nonprofit managed by Columbus Regional Healthcare System, an affiliate of the Medical Center Hospital Authority.

"I am honored to be chosen to lead Doctors Hospital," Sass said in a statement. "It has a well deserved reputation for achieving excellence, and I look forward to working with the physicians and staff as we continue to enhance quality healthcare in our community."

Sass has a bachelor's degree in biology from Middle Tennesee State University and a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama - Birmingham. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.