June 6, 2012

HighPoint Health System Appoints Veteran Hospital Administrator Susan Peach CEO

HighPoint Health System announced today that Susan Peach, BSN, MBA, a veteran hospital administrator with more than 30 years of healthcare experience, will become its new chief executive officer (CEO) effective July 2, 2012.  Peach replaces Mary Jo Lewis, who has held the position since 2010 and announced her retirement in April.


“We are fortunate to have someone of Susan’s caliber of experience and expertise leading HighPoint Health System into the future,” said Jeff Seraphine, president of the Delta Division of LifePoint Hospitals® of which HighPoint Health System is a part.  “Susan cares deeply about patient, physician and employee satisfaction.  She also has a proven track record of driving quality improvement, growing market share and improving operational efficiency.  Susan has been integrally involved in overseeing and leading operational improvements at HighPoint Health System.  She is the right person to lead the organization moving forward.”


Peach comes to HighPoint Health System from LifePoint Hospitals’ Hospital Support Center, where she has served as chief nursing officer of the Delta Division since 2010.   In that role, Peach has provided clinical leadership and oversight for nine LifePoint Hospitals, including the four hospital campuses of HighPoint Health System.


“Prior to joining LifePoint, Peach served as senior vice president, Performance Management, for Catholic Health Initiatives from 2003 to 2010; vice president, Strategic Quality Management and Clinical Services, and system chief nursing officer for Quorum Health Resources from 1996 to 2003; and chief executive officer (1995-1996) and chief operating officer (1992-1995) at Rockdale Regional Medical Center.  


Peach holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Clayton College. She is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.  


Peach and her husband Jim are residents of Sumner County.



About HighPoint Health System

A part of LifePoint Hospitals, HighPoint Health System is comprised of four hospitals, including Sumner Regional Medical Center, the 155-bed flagship hospital located in Gallatin, Tenn.; Riverview Regional Medical Center North, a 63-bed acute care hospital in Carthage, Tenn.; Riverview Regional Medical Center South, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Carthage, Tenn.; and Trousdale Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Hartsville, Tenn.  The system, which employs more than 1,300 people and serves 11 counties in the northern Middle Tennessee region, provides a wide spectrum of general and specialized healthcare services.


About LifePoint Hospitals

LifePoint Hospitals® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 55 hospital campuses in 18 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 Web site, www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to “LifePoint,” "LifePoint Hospitals," or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.



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