St. Francis hires Atlanta health care executive as interim CEO

St. Francis Hospital has hired a former Atlanta health care executive as interim president and chief executive officer, the hospital announced in a news release today.

Kirk Wilson, previously the president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Atlanta, takes over St. Francis as it struggles with a financial crisis that was discovered last fall.

Former president and CEO Robert Granger resigned a month ago after leading the hospital for 10 years.

“We believe Kirk Wilson will be able to make improvements in the day to day operation of the hospital, said Richard “Bo” Bradley, chairman of the St. Francis Board of Trustees. “This will allow the board to continue to focus on correcting the financial course of the organization.”

Wilson takes over a hospital that has been in crisis mode for nearly six months as it deals with a $30 million shortfall.

The hospital worked with Jackson Executives of Atlanta to identify Wilson, who has more than 35 years in executive health care strategy and management, according to the news release.

Wilson is previously the founder, president and CEO of KMBHealthcare, a consulting and interim management company. St. Joseph’s, which Wilson led, is one of America’s largest cardiology/cardiac surgery and robotic surgery programs and is one of only a handful of hospitals that earned the Magnet Nursing Designation four times. Wilson’s expertise includes medical staff relations, productivity improvement and service/quality enhancement., according to the release.

“I am excited to join St. Francis and support the Board of Trustees to advance its mission of providing compassionate health care to the community while remaining patient focused and improving financial stability,” Wilson said in the release.

Wilson holds an MA in Hospital Health and Administration from the University of Iowa and his BA with Sequence in Hospital Administration at Concordia College in Minnesota.