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Benton named interim CEO of MSHA's Washington Co. hospitals

Contributed - MSHA • Apr 18, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Tony Benton has been selected to serve as interim CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance’s Washington County facilities, Mountain States officials announced. Benton will fill the role while a search team identifies a permanent candidate to replace David Nicely, who announced in March that he would pursue a new professional opportunity near Nashville.

Benton’s role as interim CEO of Washington County facilities will include the CEO role at Johnson City Medical Center, along with oversight for the operations of Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge Hospital. When a permanent candidate is selected, Benton will become the Chief Operations Officer for Washington County facilities.

“We are grateful that Tony has agreed to accept this set of responsibilities,” said Alan Levine, president and CEO of Mountain States. “We have some exciting plans to enhance JCMC’s role in the community as a teaching hospital and as a center for research and innovation, and as such, we will be looking to bring in expertise and experience from other major academic medical centers across the nation.”

Benton most recently served as CEO of Franklin Woods Community Hospital, a role he assumed in February 2012. Under Benton’s leadership, Franklin Woods has maintained patient satisfaction scores that rank among the top 10 percent of all hospitals nationwide. The hospital was recently listed by Becker’s Hospital Review as having the 22nd highest patient satisfaction score in the country. In 2013, Franklin Woods became one of four hospitals in the nation to be honored by the American Hospital Association for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and patient safety.

Benton joined Mountain States in 2002 as vice president of strategic planning.

Prior to joining Mountain States, Benton served as finance manager and decision support analyst for Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

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