LEITCHFIELD, Ky. — Owensboro Health and Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, nearing the completion of an affiliation agreement, have selected Ashley Herrington to become TLRMC’s top administrator later this year. Herrington, the former chief financial officer at TLRMC, will replace outgoing CEO Wayne Meriwether, who plans to retire this fall, after the affiliation with Owensboro Health becomes official.
Herrington served as the CFO at Twin Lakes under Meriwether from June 2017 to October 2019, where she managed the financial operations of the hospital. Most recently, Herrington served in financial administration at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, a 505-bed hospital in Birmingham, Ala.
Herrington’s extensive experience as a healthcare executive includes service line expansion, revenue cycle improvement, electronic health record adoption, and compliance program development. As part of Owensboro Health, Herrington will serve as TLRMC’s chief operating officer—the hospital’s top executive position.
“Ashley’s familiarity with TLRMC will be a great asset to the health system,” said Greg Strahan, president and CEO of Owensboro Health. “She is an accomplished healthcare leader with the experience and dedication necessary to build upon the success of TLRMC. Her deep understanding of community hospital dynamics, as well as the needs of patients and physicians will continue to help us deliver the highest quality care to our patients.”
“With her leadership skills, healthcare experience and knowledge of our organization there is no one more qualified to lead us through the Owensboro Health transition and beyond than Ashley Herrington,” said Wayne Meriwether, CEO of TLRMC. “I couldn’t be more pleased with Ashley rejoining our team as my replacement. With Ashley at the helm and Owensboro Health as our future partner I am excited to see what the future of healthcare holds for Grayson County and surrounding areas.”
Herrington is expected to start with Owensboro Health in late-September and will spend several weeks working with Meriwether in preparation for her new role.
“It is an honor to succeed Wayne Meriwether and partner with the highly qualified physicians, medical staff and team members at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center during this exciting time in our history,” Herrington said. “Joining a larger health system gives us new opportunities to expand and strengthen our mission. I look forward to supporting the work our team has already done to ensure quality healthcare for the Twin Lakes region and continue our status as a vital economic engine in the community.”
“Ashley served as CFO during a critical time in healthcare, and for TLRMC in particular. As part of our administrative team, Ashley helped update, streamline, and grow the operations of healthcare delivery for our community. Our board is very happy to have Ashley working with Wayne and Owensboro during this transition, and leading us forward,” said TLRMC Board Chairman, Dr. Trevor Ray.
Ashley, her husband Jason, and their five children will be joining the Leitchfield community upon her transition to this new role.
Last April, Twin Lakes announced plans to become the third hospital in the Owensboro Health system. Since then, the two systems have been working toward a final agreement, which is expected this fall. In July, Meriwether announced plans to retire as TLRMC’s CEO after the affiliation agreement is completed.
Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 180 providers in 30 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility; and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. For more information, visit OwensboroHealth.org.
Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is a 75-bed acute-care hospital in Grayson County, Kentucky. Located between Rough River Lake and Nolin River Lake, TLRMC serves more than 115,000 people living in six counties. TLRMC operates on-and-off campus clinic locations and employs 28 providers through its related entity the Twin Lakes Medical Foundation, Inc. TLRMC is rated a 4-Star Quality Rated Hospital (2019) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2019, the Wound Care Center was named a Center of Distinction and received the Clinical Excellence Award. Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information on Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, go to www.tlrmc.com, or call (270) 259-9588.