OWENSBORO, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2013) – Jeff Barber, president and chief executive officer for Owensboro Medical Health System, announced his resignation Tuesday in meetings with the organization’s management team and medical staff leadership. His retirement will begin July 26, completing nearly 40 years in healthcare.
Barber joined OMHS on April 23, 2004, and has led the organization through more than eight years of lively progress that included dramatic improvements in clinical quality and organizational growth, including the decision to build a new hospital that will open June 1.
“Jeff has enjoyed a long and successful calling to healthcare spanning nearly 40 years,” said Deborah Nunley, chair of the OMHS Board of Directors. “We are fortunate that he chose our health system for the culmination of his career and wish Jeff and his wife, Jackie, the best in health and happiness as they begin retirement.”
A search committee that includes current and past board members will lead the search process for Barber’s replacement. Board members serving include George Henderson, Janice Scherm, Robert Knight, MD and Charles Bea, MD, and Nunley. Past board members include G. Ted Smith and Alan Braden.
“The board will be evaluating our leadership needs as we continue to transform into a regional health system,” Nunley said. “We are committed to keeping our employees, physicians and the community informed during the search process.”
Owensboro Medical Health System serves an 11-county region in western Kentucky and southern Indiana. The hospital has received numerous awards from HealthGrades, placing it among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for quality.In April 2012, OMHS was named a 100 Top Hospital by Thomson-Reuters.
Cooperative Health Services, an affiliate of OMHS, also operates the HealthPark – a medical-based fitness center – and a number of clinics and diagnostic centers in Beaver Dam and Madisonville (Ky.) and Tell City (Ind.) as well as The Clinic at Wal-Mart in Owensboro, Henderson (Ky.) and Newburgh (Ind.).