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Kentucky Hospital Association president announces retirement

Mike Rust

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Michael T. Rust announced on Nov. 30 his plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2019, after 24 years as president and chief executive officer. Rust leaves a long and impactful legacy not only on the association but on all hospitals and healthcare in the state of Kentucky.

Rust has led KHA through nearly two and a half decades of change in the healthcare industry. Under his leadership, all the hospitals in Kentucky have retained membership in the Association, helping them speak with one common voice at both the state and federal levels.

“Mike has been an invaluable part of KHA during his tenure,” said Jane Wheatley, chair of the KHA Board and president of Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville. “He has enhanced the organization at every level and been a unifying force for hospitals throughout the commonwealth. The KHA Board and I are immensely grateful for his service.”

“It has been an honor serving KHA and the hospitals of Kentucky,” said Rust. “I have enjoyed my time with the association and I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve made supporting hospitals and ensuring they can continue to provide the highest quality care to all Kentuckians.”

The KHA Board will engage a search firm in early 2019 to find a successor. To ensure the best possible candidate is selected for the position, a national search will be conducted.