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KH leadership team restructured, expanded

Posted: January 27, 2011 5:13 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2011 5:00 a.m.

At Monday’s meeting of the KershawHealth of Board Trustees, members and hospital administrators said good-bye and expressed thanks to Don Trippell. Trippell served as KershawHealth’s vice president and chief financial officer for approximately one year. He is returning to his former position as chief financial officer for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, N.C.

With Trippell’s departure, KershawHealth has announced a plan to restructure and expand its senior leadership team. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Bunch has been promoted to executive vice president and will also take on the additional role of chief financial officer. The decision to align the operations and finance functions under one leader was made to enable the organization to more nimbly adjust to the challenges of health care reform and the nation’s slowly recovering economy, according to health system officials. Prior to joining KershawHealth in January of 2006, Bunch was  director of financial administration at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

To further strengthen the organization’s financial management, Controller Angie Johnson has been promoted to vice president, finance. Johnson has served as KershawHealth’s controller for eight years.

Human Resources Director Angela Nettles has been promoted to vice president, support services. In addition to her current human resources responsibilities, Nettles will assume management responsibility for nutrition and food services; environmental services; safety and emergency preparedness; and rehabilitation services. These functions formerly reported to Bunch.

Director of Marketing Joseph Bruce has been promoted to vice president, marketing and community development. He will also continue as executive director of the KershawHealth Foundation. As part of the restructuring plan, Bruce will take on management responsibility for physician relations and the Health Resource Center. The latter is being renamed the KershawHealth Community Outreach and Wellness Center to better reflect its mission of serving people across the Kershaw County area with programs to promote health and wellness.

Continuing as members of KershawHealth’s senior leadership team are President and Chief Executive Officer Donnie Weeks and Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Gloria Keeffe.

“We are fortunate at KershawHealth to have strong, capable leaders, said Weeks, commenting on the new senior leadership team. “This new team reflects the breadth of experience, strategic planning ability, and innovative thinking necessary to help us successfully navigate through the coming challenges while staying true to our mission of caring for all the people in the Kershaw County area.”

Board Chairman Jody Brazell emphasized the critical need for stable leadership.

“As healt hcare reform continues to unfold and as budgets at the both the national and state levels continue to be stretched, we may well be facing nothing short of a complete reinvention of how health care is delivered and paid for in America,” said Brazell. “Like every other health care system across the country, KershawHealth will be challenged in ways we can’t completely predict at this moment. But with these recent leadership changes, I’m confident we have the right team to guide our health care system here in Kershaw County.”

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