A new chief executive officer has been named at Meadowview Regional Medical Center.

Tom Weiss, continental division president for LifePoint Hospitals of Brentwood, Tenn., announced Thursday the appointment of Brad S. Morse as CEO, effective Monday, May 30.

Morse replaces Chad Patrick, who left MRMC at the end of December to pursue another business opportunity; Patrick was appointed CEO in May 2008.

After Patrick's departure, LifePoint brought in Ron Butler to serve as interim CEO until a new CEO was hired. Butler left MRMC as of April 29, and John Copeland, an executive with LifePoint, has been serving in the capacity of interim CEO until the hiring process was completed.

According to a press release from LifePoint, Morse has more than 20 years of hospital management experience, having served in leadership positions for two healthcare companies and six hospitals over the course of his career.

"The members of the Board of Trustees are excited about the opportunity to work with Brad," said MRMC Board Chairman Larry Schlomer. "We look forward to working with Brad to further advance the delivery of healthcare services in our community." 

Most recently, Morse was executive vice president of hospital operations for Texas-based MediFACTS, Inc, where he managed physician-partnered hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

Prior to that position, he was operating partner for Medical Partners of America in Atlanta, Ga.  During his career he served as CEO of Baylor’s Medical Center Surgical Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville, Ark., Marshall County Medical Center in Holly Springs, Miss., and Randolph County Medical Center in Pocahontas, Ark.  He also served as head of operations for Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore, Okla., and HCA Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas.

"Brad brings the experience and leadership skills needed to move the hospital forward in the future," said Weiss.  "He will be a tremendous asset to Meadowview Regional Medical Center and to the community."

Morse holds two masters degrees in healthcare administration and business administration from University of Houston.  He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Morse is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was an active member of the Texas Hospital Association.  He enjoys being involved in the community, having served as board member for the local Rotary and Alzheimer Center and as an elder for his church in Fort Worth.

Meadowview Regional Medical Center is a 100-bed, acute care, Joint-Commission accredited facility and has been named to the 100 Top Hospitals list (Thomas Reuters) five times.

The Ledger Independent has scheduled an interview with Morse next week.

LifePoint Hospitals operates 52 hospital campuses in 17 states and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn.

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