Frontier Health CEO and President Teresa Kidd has announced her plans to retire Feb. 1, 2019, according to a press release sent Wednesday by the mental health company.

Kidd has worked for Frontier Health for more than 36 years in both clinical and senior leadership roles.

“Dr. Kidd is known and respected statewide for her administrative efficiency, compassionate care and for her leadership,” Duane Miller, chairman of Frontier’s board of directors, said. 

“Throughout her career with Frontier Health, she has been committed to improving the health status of some of the region’s most vulnerable citizens by continuing Frontier Health’s excellence in service development and delivery. Dr. Kidd has been an effective advocate for those who cannot always speak for themselves.”

In anticipation of Kidd’s retirement, the board of directors appointed Kristie Hammonds as the company’s new CEO and president, effective Jan. 7, 2019. Hammonds has served as senior vice president of operations since December 2014. 

“Ms. Hammonds’ extensive knowledge and experience in behavioral health care administration led the board to unanimously appoint her as the next president and CEO of Frontier Health. Ms. Hammonds is known and respected locally, regionally and statewide for her understanding that individuals who are in need of behavioral health care for their mental illness, addiction or intellectual or developmental disability must receive integrated care to meet both their physical as well as behavioral health needs,” Miller said. 

“Ms. Hammonds’ leadership skills and her ability to collaborate with others in the ongoing effort to provide quality care to the individuals of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia make her a natural successor as Frontier Health’s new CEO. The board is very pleased Ms. Hammonds has agreed to take the helm of Frontier Health.”

Hammonds earned a master’s degree in business administration from Milligan College and a bachelor’s degree in social work from East Tennessee State University.