The Hardin Medical Center Board of Commissioners announced Monday that Jim Edmondson will be the new chief executive officer of the county-owned hospital, starting Oct. 18.
HMC said in a news release that according to board Chairman Jeff Woodside, MD, “Edmondson was offered the top leadership role based on his 36 years of successful leadership in the healthcare industry, including financial acumen, strategic planning, interpersonal skills, and his ability to build strong, effective teams.”
Edmondson’s most recent CEO experience is with Southern TN Regional Health System in Pulaski, a 95-bed facility providing an array of clinical services. Southern TN Regional Health is part of LifePoint Health, an 87-hospital, investor-owned system operating in 30 states.
Current healthcare consultant for HMC Charlotte Burns said, “I have known Jim for over 20 years through my time as CEO at HMC and through my work at HCA. I admire his healthcare leadership experience, proven results, and the way he engages his employees. I know he will arrive at HMC ready to be part of this great team and positively lead the facility into the future. HMC will always hold my heart, and I look forward to seeing all the great things a CEO like Jim Edmondson can bring to Hardin Medical Center.”
The release says Edmondson’s credentials include a Master of Science in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Most recently, Edmondson earned his certification as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. He was also recognized in 2018 as LifePoint Health’s CEO of the Year based on overall excellence in performance across quality, safety, talent, and growth.
Edmondson “is a tremendous advocate for his employees and is drawn to the tie between culture and quality/safety,” HMC said in the release.
Also, he has extensive strategic and operational oversight of hospital operations, physician clinics, medical staff recruitment, service-line growth, and quality and safety.
HMC said additionally that Edmondson coordinated the financial turnaround of two hospitals Alabama, “epitomized as the most financially challenging state to manage hospitals.” He “demonstrated results-driven culture of safety and employee engagement, having received Modern Healthcare’s 100 Best Places to Work award for seven years in two different facilities.”
His hospital achieved the Health Grades Excellence Award in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for hospitals in the 90th percentile for public reported quality and safety indicators.
Edmondson will complete a 30-day notice at his current workplace.
He is replacing Nick Lewis, who resigned from the post on Aug. 22.