Powers named Baptist Health Corbin president

CORBIN, Ky. — Anthony W. Powers, RN, MSN, MBA, has been named president at Baptist Health Corbin.

Powers, who began his 20-year career at the hospital as a nursing unit director, has served as interim president since June. He replaces Larry W. Gray who was named president of Baptist Health Louisville.

“Anthony’s connection to our community, his strong commitment to serving the hospital and supporting its staff, along with his extensive background in patient care, makes him an excellent fit for this position,” said Baptist Health Corbin Chairman of the Board Marcia Milby Ridings. “We’re excited to have him take the reins.”

Powers rose to nursing director and then chief nursing officer before taking the vice president role with responsibility for the largest service lines at the Corbin hospital. The 44-year-old also served as interim president during a brief transition period in 2011.

At Corbin, he has been instrumental in the development of the physician/medical group, guided development of the oncology service line, and directed the expansion of behavioral health services. Behavioral health saw a more than 40 percent increase in volume in the two years following the expansion.

In recent years, the focus at the 273-bed hospital has been improved and expanded programs for heart, cancer, women’s care, behavioral health and addiction treatment services. Most recently, Baptist Health Corbin earned Pathway to Excellence recognition nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, achieved Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology, earned a Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award, and received Press Ganey’s Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Experience for its oncology center.

Prior to joining Baptist Health, Powers worked for Catholic Health Initiatives at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University, a master’s degree in business administration from Baker College in Michigan and a master’s degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University.

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