William “Bill” Russell, interim CEO at Three Rivers Health (TRH), has been chosen by the TRH Authority Board to assume the permanent position.
The decision came on a unanimous vote during the board’s October meeting Thursday morning (October 29th).
Russell has been serving in the interim post since the departure of former President and CEO Matt Chambers at the end of July. He and Lynn Beasley of Prosperity, South Carolina, were the two finalists brought to the board by Quorum Health Resources (QHR) which provides management services to Three Rivers Health.
The motion and subsequent affirmative vote to choose Russell came after input from three persons involved in the interview process – Dr. Glendora Greene, Dr. Linda Evans and Gretchen Carpenter of the hospital’s Rehab Pavilion. All three had praise for both candidates.
Under terms of the management services agreement, both the hospital CEO and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Steve Andrews, are employees of Quorum which will now negotiate a contract with Russell and bring it back to the board for final action. During a post-meeting interview, Gerald Parton, regional vice-president with Quorum said, “I hope to have that worked out by next week and, hopefully, have a board meeting sometime next week to finalize this process.”
Parton said, “I think the board was presented with two good candidates and I think they made an excellent choice in Bill. I think he’s done an excellent job here as an interim and will continue to do a great job as the permanent CEO for Three Rivers.” (Gerald_Parton_interview – 1:42)
Following the meeting, Russell said, “I am very pleased and honored. I very much appreciate the trust the board has put into me. I’m excited about being here. I’m passionate about the opportunity that this hospital has to grow and serve this portion of St. Joseph County and the surrounding area and I’m very excited about the opportunity of digging in and to get moving forward.” (Bill_Russell_interview – :45)