Today marks an exciting first day launching our regional academic medical system, UofL Health. With every successful health care organization, we need a team of leaders who will take us forward to build and implement our new vision.
We are pleased to announce the leaders of the UofL Health hospitals, medical centers, and our provider organization, UofL Physicians.
Chief Executive Officer
UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
Melisa Adkins, RN, BSN, MBA, has accepted the position of chief administrative officer (CAO). Melisa is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in hospital leadership roles. Melisa comes to us from Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill., where she served in the role as chief executive officer, focusing on bottom line revenue growth, physician and patient satisfaction, clinical and quality performance and team member satisfaction. She will be joining our team in January 2020. Shane Fitzgerald has agreed to serve as interim CAO until that time and will then remain as the chief operating officer for the hospital. I want to acknowledge Shane’s unwavering support. He has led many critical initiatives and has assisted in making the transition as smooth as possible over the past several months.
UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital
Aaron Garofola, MBA, has accepted the position of chief executive officer. Aaron has served in executive officer positions the last eight years. Most recently, Aaron was chief executive officer at Associated Surgeons and Physicians and served as the chief executive officer at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., a part of the Lutheran Health Network. Dupont Hospital was honored as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by IBM Watson Health. Aaron will be joining UofL Health − Shelbyville Hospital, a 2019 “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” recipient, in mid-November. Annessa Baker, RN, will remain as the chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at the hospital. I would like to acknowledge the leadership, commitment and support that Annessa has extended to us during the transition.
UofL Health – UofL Hospital, UofL Health – Jewish Hospital and UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center
In addition to his role as chief operating officer for UofL Health, Ken Marshall will take the reins as chief operating officer to lead the downtown campus of UofL Health, which includes UofL Health – UofL Hospital, UofL Health – Jewish Hospital, UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center, UofL Health – Rudd Heart & Lung Center, UofL Health – Abraham Flexner Outpatient Center and UofL Health – Jackson Street Outpatient Center. In his expanded role, Ken will unite the downtown facilities to operate as a unified health care campus. Ken has an impressive history with UofL Hospital leading the hospital after the transition and turning around the bottom-line revenue. Immediately joining his team will be Shari Kretzschmer as the chief nursing officer. There will be several other joint leadership roles, and these will be shared as the transition is completed and the united team is joined.
UofL Health – Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
Cathy Spalding, chief administrative officer for UofL Health – Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, has been leading the organization for over five years. As the leading provider of rehabilitation services in the region, under Cathy’s leadership, Frazier Rehab Institute has seen national recognition for the outstanding research and patient care. Cathy is responsible for a vast network of outpatient clinics serving patients throughout the Louisville region and beyond. In addition to her leadership role at Frazier Rehab Institute, Cathy will serve as a vice president of Operations for the downtown medical campus.
UofL Health – Peace Hospital
Martha Mather, chief administrative officer with UofL Health – Peace Hospital, has agreed to retain her leadership role with the hospital. Peace Hospital is one of the most successful hospitals in the UofL Health system. Martha has led Peace Hospital, one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the country, for over seven years. Under Martha’s leadership, Peace Hospital has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Kentucky.”
UofL Health – UofL Physicians
Wade Mitzel will remain in his role as the chief operating officer for UofL Physicians. Wade will be leading the strategies and initiatives for both UofL Physicians – Academic Medical Group and UofL Physicians − Community Medical Group. He will be focused on provider recruitment, growing the volume and bottom-line revenue of the new practices (Community Medical Group) who are joining the organization while continuing the expansion of growth and revenue in the current UofL Physicians practices (Academic Medical Group). Karen Russell will be the vice president of Operations for the UofL Physicians − Community Medical Group and will report to Wade. I look forward to seeing these two groups join under one united management team.
UofL Health – Medical Centers: East, Northeast, South and Southwest
Dorie Shelburne, RN, BSN, MSBC, will continue her role as vice president of Operations and chief nursing officer for Ambulatory Services for Medical Centers East, Northeast, South and Southwest. Dorie has led the ambulatory strategies for over three years with clear vision and passion. Under Dorie’s leadership, both Medical Centers Northeast and South were recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Kentucky.”