Kathy Love, CEO of Clark Regional Medical Center, has been presented the 2011 “CEO of the Year” award by LifePoint Hospitals, which recently purchased Clark Regional and plans to build a new facility on Lexington Road.
The annual award is given to the CEO who best exemplifies the mission, vision and values of LifePoint, the company said in a press release.
Love is the second recipient of the award. It was presented at LifePoint Hospitals’ annual Operations Conference on Jan. 26, in Nashville, Tenn.
The company said the new awards are based on LifePoint’s leadership model, which focuses on the mastery of business, relationship and personal skills and includes the core values that serve as a compass for those behaviors such as honor, trustworthiness, legal and ethical compliance, and compassion.
Jeff Seraphine, president of LifePoint’s Delta Division, presented the award, highlighting Love’s exceptional leadership skills and business acumen. These traits were demonstrated in the recent IT conversions at Clark Regional, the company said.
“Kathy’s willingness to roll up her sleeves, immerse herself in the process and lead by example resulted in one of the most successful IT conversions to date for LifePoint,” said Seraphine.
This IT conversion earned Clark Regional an additional annual award for IT Leadership at LifePoint. CRMC is the first recipient of this new and prestigious corporate award.
In eight months, Love has laid a blueprint for the future success of the hospital, including the design of a replacement facility, which broke ground in September, the company said.
Amber Goodpaster, Clark Regional’s chief financial officer, describes Love as an energizing leader.
“Kathy lets you do your job, but holds you accountable,” she said. “She is composed with the staff and encouraging to leadership. She is supportive, and she brings energy to the hospital that makes us better. We work hard, and we play hard.”
Clark Regional Medical Center is a 100-bed, community hospital, which has served the residents of east central Kentucky since 1917. It has more than 100 physicians, 500 employees, and 100 volunteers on its staff, and five medical office buildings on its campus. It operates an immediate care center in Winchester and a rural health clinic in Powell County and is fully accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.
Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 52 hospital campuses in 17 states. With a mission of “making communities healthier,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves.
More information about the company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., can be found on its website, www.LifePoint Hospitals.com. Clark Regional Medical Center is also on Facebook, and Love uses Twitter @ClarkRegCEO to provide updates on the progress of the new facility and regular CRMC announcements.