April 19, 2012

Highpoint Health System CEO Announces Retirement
Search Process to Replace Mary Jo Lewis Currently Underway

HighPoint Health System CEO Mary Jo Lewis is retiring, and the search for a new CEO is currently underway, according to Jeff Seraphine, Division President of LifePoint Hospitals®, the company with which HighPoint is affiliated.

In the coming weeks, Seraphine and Lewis will work closely together to lay the groundwork for a smooth leadership transition as they search for the right person to lead HighPoint Health System in the future.

“I want to thank Mary Jo for her many valuable contributions to HighPoint Health System.  She was instrumental in leading the successful transition of HighPoint following LifePoint’s acquisition of the hospital system almost two years ago,” Seraphine said.  “I am also appreciative that she has made herself available to help during this transition as we search for the next CEO of HighPoint. While we will miss Mary Jo, we wish her the very best in her retirement.”


Lewis has served in the top leadership position at HighPoint Health System – formerly named Sumner Regional Health Systems – since it was acquired by LifePoint Hospitals in September 2010.   Previously, Lewis served as CEO of Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky., since 1999.  During her tenure at Jackson Purchase, the hospital was recognized as one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® and as one the “100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare.


“I have enjoyed my work as CEO of HighPoint Health System, and I am very proud of everything the organization has accomplished during my tenure.  I leave this position with the satisfaction of knowing that HighPoint is well positioned to achieve new levels of growth and success in the future.”



About HighPoint Health System

HighPoint Health System serves the healthcare needs of communities through four hospitals, including Sumner Regional Medical Center, the 155-bed flagship hospital located in Gallatin; Riverview Regional Medical Center - North, a 63-bed acute care hospital in Carthage; Riverview Regional Medical Center – South, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Carthage; and Trousdale Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Hartsville.  The system, which employs more than1,300 people, is part of LifePoint Hospitals® network of hospital facilities nationwide. To learn more, visit www.HighPointHealthSystem.com.




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