Baptist Health Names New President
By Donna Rains, Baptist Health Paducah
PADUCAH, KY - William A. Brown has been named president of Baptist Health Paducah, effective October 4, following President Larry Barton's retirement.
Brown also takes on the role of Baptist Health's west regional executive, overseeing hospitals in Paducah and Madisonville.
Brown most recently served as chief executive officer for both VHS West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL, and VHS Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, IL, owned and operated by Vanguard Health Systems based in Nashville, TN.
Brown's position represents a return to Kentucky where he spent 20 years of his career in Louisville, including 11 years with Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services and as president and CEO of Audubon Regional Medical Center, now Norton Audubon Hospital. He also served as system executive vice president and chief operating officer at Alliant Health System, now Norton Healthcare.
"My family and I look forward to making a home in Paducah and the return to Kentucky," said Brown. "I have tremendous respect for Baptist Health and am truly impressed by the employees, physicians, board leadership and volunteers at Baptist
Health Paducah. Their passion for caring for the residents of western Kentucky is evident in the outstanding achievements of this hospital, and I share their commitment to the patients we are privileged to serve."
Baptist Health Paducah President Larry Barton announced his October retirement in May. Barton is credited with establishing expanded services and technology for area patients through extensive renovations and additions, including a Breast Imaging Center, the Baptist Heart Center and, most recently, a surgical expansion to house robotics and the area's largest hybrid operating room.
"Highlights of Bill Brown's broad ranging healthcare career include local and national recognition for the hospital programs he developed, strong financial successes and a commitment to one of Baptist Health's most important core values: collaboration," said Baptist Health CEO Steve Hanson. "Bill's ability to recognize the power in bringing together hospitals, physicians, outpatient centers, home health and other healthcare services through a unified vision of enhancing the health of our communities strongly aligns with our mission at Baptist Health."