December 17, 2015

Providence Hospitals announces new executive leaders

Providence Hospitals and LifePoint Health have announced the appointment of executive leaders for the two-campus Columbia, South Carolina, hospital system. Scott Campbell will assume a key leadership post, serving as lead administrator for Providence Hospitals, and Phil Young will serve in a supporting role as lead administrator for the Northeast campus.

Campbell and Young will remain in these leadership roles until the completion of the acquisition of Providence Hospitals by LifePoint Health, which is expected to occur by February 1, 2016, pending approval from the Vatican, review by the attorney general of South Carolina and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. At that time, Campbell will become market chief executive officer of Providence Hospitals with Young serving as chief executive officer of the Northeast campus.

“On behalf of the Sisters of Charity Health System, we are pleased to welcome Scott and Phil to their leadership positions at Providence Hospitals,” said Terry Kessler, president and chief executive officer of Sisters of Charity Health System and Providence Hospitals. “Over the past few months, Scott and Phil have formed strong relationships with our employees and physicians, and we know they will successfully lead Providence through this exciting new chapter. As we proceed through this transition, I want to thank this community for their support during this pivotal time in the history of our hospitals.”

Campbell, a health care veteran who has held executive leadership positions for more than 30 years, joined LifePoint Health in summer 2015 and was assigned to serve as transition executive to assist with the acquisition of Providence Hospitals. Prior to that, Campbell was market CEO for a Florida-based health care system. Previously, he held various leadership positions for a publicly-traded Fortune 500 hospital company, serving in senior leadership positions for the company and as CEO for several affiliated hospitals. His experience includes leading the transition of a large Catholic hospital to an investor-owned system, where he successfully preserved and built upon a faith-based culture the hospital had fostered for 100 years.

Young, who will report to Campbell, is a seasoned executive bringing many years of experience in hospital leadership roles, including 10 years with LifePoint Health. Most recently, Young served as market president for a four-hospital system in the LifePoint network. His previous experience includes serving as CEO for five community hospitals.

“Scott and Phil are experienced leaders with strong track records, and I am confident they are the right team to lead Providence into the future,” said Jeff Seraphine, president of LifePoint’s eastern group of hospitals, of which Providence Hospitals will be a part. “They have been working onsite at Providence for the past few months and have earned the trust and respect of those who have come to know them. They are eager to take on these leadership roles and become actively involved in the community.”

Seraphine added, “Scott and Phil are ideally-suited and well-prepared to lead Providence Hospitals and ensure the fulfillment of LifePoint’s commitment to maintain the Catholic identity and mission of the organization throughout and beyond the completion of the acquisition.”

In addition, Mark Spafford has been named interim chief financial officer of Providence Hospitals. He will continue to serve in this capacity as a search is conducted to find a qualified, experienced candidate to fill this role on a continual basis in the future.

Providence Hospitals is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.


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