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
"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
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.
is married with five children.
said the family is looking forward to moving to Livingston in the near future.