These two facilities are also affiliates of LifePoint Hospitals, which is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates nearly 60 hospitals in 20 states. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves.
In a memorandum released by Central Group Chief Operating Officer of LifePoint Hospitals Robert Klein, Klein said Smith has been an asset to Bolivar Medical Center since he joined the hospital in 2011 and has made significant improvements in physician satisfaction and engagement.
Klein added Smith helped plan and secure the interior renovation project for the hospital, which is scheduled to begin by March 2014.
Klein said Bolivar Medical Center has also experienced financial stability during his tenure, with 2012 being the hospital’s most successful year.
Smith’s wife and youngest son currently live in Morgan City, La., and this new position will allow him to relocate and be with them.
Smith came to Bolivar Medical Center from Central Mississippi Medical Center, where he was also CEO.
He was also previously the CEO of LifePoint Hospital’s sister hospital Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City, La., and River West Medical Center in Plaquemine, La.
Smith holds a master of science degree in management from Belhaven College in Jackson and a bachelor of science degree from Mississippi State University in Starkville.
Klein said he would be working with the Bolivar Medical Center Board of Trustees to begin a national search to find a strong candidate to fill the top leadership post at Bolivar Medical Center.
Until a replacement is found, an interim CEO will be named to assume the leadership responsibilities.