Adena looking for new CEO

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Adena Health System is beginning its search for a new president and CEO. After more than 11 years, Mark Shuter has stepped down from the position.

Shuter’s current contract was set to expire in June 2017. During the negotiation process with the Adena Board of Trustees, the two sides could not come to an agreement, with Shuter making the decision to leave the organization. Shuter joined Adena in May 2005.

Longtime Adena physician leader John Fortney, M.D., of Chillicothe, has been appointed as transition president and CEO. Fortney, a pediatrician, has been with Adena for 35 years. The board of trustees plans to recruit an interim president and CEO by the end of the year, and is immediately beginning its search for a permanent president and CEO. That search is expected to take six to nine months.

“As we conduct a search for our new CEO, members of the Adena Board of Trustees will work closely with Dr. Fortney and senior leaders in the day-to-day operations of the health system,” said Adena Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Burkhardt. “Adena has served the health care needs of this community and region for more than 120 years, and its ability to remain independent is high on our list of priorities. We intend to recruit a leader who will effectively guide Adena through the rapidly changing health care landscape, while providing a strong and solid organizational foundation that will continue to support the needs of our patients, physicians, staff and the communities we serve.”

Patient care and services will not be impacted.

During his tenure, Shuter has led Adena in numerous accomplishments, including:

· Opening access to primary and specialty care throughout the region;

· Growing a fully-integrated medical group;

· Achieving a vision to provide graduate medical education for physicians and staff;

· Building of the PACCAR facility;

· Adding a three-story inpatient wing, with a Woman & Children’s Unit;

· A stand-alone, state-of-the-art cancer center;

· Acquisition of Pike Community Hospital, now Adena Pike Medical Center;

· Introduction of robot-assisted surgery to the region;

· Executing a plan to restore the Carlisle Building for medical student housing, while serving as a catalyst for downtown growth; and

· Achieving Board approval to fund a new, expanded Emergency Department at ARMC.

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Submitted by Maria Smith, director of corporate communications, Adena Health System.


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