Mike Meadows, administrative director of laboratory services at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, explained some of the facts behind the numbers.
"A lipid panel screening includes a number for high-density lipoprotein, which is referred to as 'good cholesterol' because it actually helps remove harmful cholesterol - low-density liproprotein - from the body," Meadows said.
Meadows, who has a family history of high cholesterol, said heredity can play a role in the numbers.
Exercise helps use up excess fat floating around in the blood, and it will definitely help to bring those numbers down," Meadows said.
LIVINGSTON -- Livingston Regional Hospital welcomed a new member to its administrative team Monday as new chief executive officer Michael J. Meadows began work.
"The biggest part of my job will be working with the medical staff and recruiting new doctors to the area to meet the needs of the community," Meadows said.
"This is a well-run facility to begin with and I hope to enhance that."
But the struggling economy will provide challenges for Meadows and the health care industry as a whole.
"I need to get involved in area economic and industrial development and recruitment efforts so I can help ensure the people of the community have jobs and health insurance," Meadows said.
At Livingston, Meadows will oversee operations at the 114-bed acute care facility.
The hospital is owned and operated by LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., which provides health care services to non-urban communities across the country based in Brentwood, Tenn.
In a press release announcing Meadows appointment, the board of directors noted Meadows has a strong background in health care leadership, having served both as chief executive officer, chief operating officer and director and administrative director of laboratory services in mid-size to large hospital organizations.
Most recently, Meadows served as the chief executive officer at Starke Memorial Hospital, a 47-bed acute care hospital in northwestern Indiana.Prior to that, Meadows served as the chief operating officer for three years at Logan Regional Medical Center in West Virginia.
"We at LifePoint are very excited to have Mike, a known successful CEP, from within our ranks take this promotion to Livingston.
Meadows has worked as a clinical supervisor, total quality management instructor and in pathology and laboratory departments.He served for 13 years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman first class.He holds a bachelor of science degree in sociology from the University of the State of New York and a master of science degree in health care administration from Marshall University Graduate College.He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.Meadows is married with five children.
He said the family is looking forward to moving to Livingston in the near future.
Michael MeadowsRepresentative Member, Starke Memorial Hospital, since 2007
Michael Meadows is a graduate of Marshall University Graduate College with a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration.His undergraduate degree is in Sociology from the State University of New York.Since December 2006, Michael has served as CEO of Starke Memorial Hospital.His previous experience includes Chief Operating Officer, Logan Regional Medical Center; Administrative Director of Laboratory Services, Raleigh General Hospital; Director of Laboratory, Respiratory & Radiology Services, Dickenson County Medical Center and 13 years with the US Navy.Michael is affiliated with the following associations: American College of Health Care Executives; and American Society of Clinical Pathologists - MT, CT, MLT.
"We put in lights, repainted rooms, and added new nurse stations," said Mike Meadows, chief operating officer of Logan Regional.
He said the capital afforded by LifePoint has brought $8 million in improvements and allowed construction to begin on a $17 million, 22-bed emergency care wing.But when the hospital changed hands in 2002, staffing levels of nearly 800 at the former Logan General Hospital dropped.The hospital now has about 625 employees, Meadows said.
Meadows said the number of employees at the hospital before LifePoint took over had a lot to do with Morrison's hiring practices."The previous CEO would just hire anybody," he said.
The Logan hospital is the second-largest non-government employer in the area, according to Meadows.
However, Meadows countered that sentiment."Slow service is coming from an emergency room that was built for 15,000 to 20,000 patients a year," he said.
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