Anthony Gonzalez Staff Writer
September 28, 2013
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has a new CEO.
It’s Board of Trustees has appointed Paul H. Hammes of Clemmons as its new chief executive officer.
Hammes will assume his position on October 1, 2013.
In 2013, HCMH has shifted its CEO position multiple times. Mary Blackburn, MSN, has been serving as acting CEO succeeding an interim CEO, Michael Arno. Arno replaced former CEO, David Loving.
According to the hospital, Mr. Hammes has over 20 years of healthcare experience, and most recently served as an engagement leader and interim executive with CEO2, a strategic leadership and organizational transformation consultancy group based in Boise, ID. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and chief operating officer for Novant Health’s Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
“After an exhaustive process of looking for the right candidate, we are honored to have Mr. Hammes join the Hugh Chatham family and for him to continue leading us on a path to being one of the best and most efficient community hospitals in the nation,” said Michael Stanley, chairman of the board.
According to the release, as COO of Forsyth, Mr. Hammes had overall responsibility for the medical center and its 4,000 employees who cared for more than 180,000 patients annually. During his tenure Hammes oversaw many critical initiatives including the center’s Joint Commission certification process for stroke care, the formation of an outpatient imaging joint venture between the hospital and a subspecialty group, and efforts that delivered transformational outcomes in patient safety.
A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Mr. Hammes holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Georgia. He also completed an executive fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A proud veteran, Paul Hammes served 12 years in the Army National Guard, said the release.
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