West Jefferson Medical Center has named Rob Calhoun as its new president and CEO.
Calhoun has over 16 years of health care leadership, a news release said. He most recently led Merit Health Biloxi, a 198-bed, for-profit hospital where he recruited 25 new providers during his tenure. He also led initiatives that increased access points and employee engagement, a 21% reduction in nursing turnover and programs that cut the number of serious safety events by zero over two years, the release said.
At WJMC, Calhoun will oversee a 419-bed community hospital managed by LCMC Health. He fills a vacancy left when former president and CEO Nancy Cassagne, who retired in March after serving in the position since 2008. Chief operating officer Dodie McElmurray has been interim CEO since then.
Calhoun began as an administrative resident at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina and has been in leadership positions at Select Specialty Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama; Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, Missouri; Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton, Kentucky; and Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, West Virginia.
Calhoun has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Clemson University and a master’s degree in health administration from Medical University of South Carolina. At WJMC, he will report to Bill Masterton, CEO of Adult Hospital Market for LCMC Health.