Flowers Hospital announces the resignation of Keith Granger

DOTHAN, AL (February 15, 2010) – Flowers Hospital announced today that Chief Executive Officer Keith Granger has resigned to accept a position as President and Chief Executive Officer of 534-bed Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Flowers Hospital and Trinity Medical Center are both affiliated with Community Health Systems, Inc., a leading operator of general acute-care hospitals.

Granger has served as Interim CEO of Trinity since October 2009 when he accepted an assignment to oversee its operations while the hospital sought regulatory approval for a new replacement hospital. As that process continues, Granger’s leadership remains critical to the hospital’s long-term strategic plans and the high-quality healthcare services it currently provides to its patients.

“After a most rewarding career at Flowers Hospital, this was a very difficult decision for me, but also an excellent opportunity to be a part of the great work Trinity is doing to advance healthcare in Birmingham,” said Granger. “I have loved serving as CEO of Flowers and I will miss it terribly. I am most grateful for the understanding and support of the extraordinary men and women of Flowers, and I know with absolute confidence that they will remain diligent in their commitment to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare for their patients.”

“We are very sorry to see Keith go, but we also wish him great success at Trinity and thank him for his outstanding leadership over three decades at Flowers Hospital,” said Allen Latimer, M.D., Chairman of the Board of Flowers Hospital. “Under Keith’s leadership, our hospital flourished with sound financial performance and our medical staff and employees earned national recognition for the quality of care they provide for our patients. Keith’s lasting legacy will be in the way our hospital team continues to serve patients and our community – and I know they will thrive in that commitment.”

Suzanne Woods will continue in her role as Interim CEO. Woods assumed the interim role five months ago and has capably performed all of the chief executive duties since then. Woods began her career at Flowers in 1995, serving as an Administrative Resident and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2003. Woods is active in community organizations, serving as the Vice President of the Southeast Alabama Hospital Council and as a Board member at First United Methodist Church. Woods received a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and an undergraduate degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with our outstanding medical staff and wonderful employees as we maintain an unwavering commitment to quality and as we build on the many accomplishments already achieved by Flowers Hospital,” said Woods.

About Flowers Hospital

Flowers Hospital has served the healthcare needs of the Wiregrass for over 50 years. The facility is not only an important resource for the Dothan community, it also serves as a major tertiary referral center for the Tri-State area of south Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida.

By combining responsible personnel of approximately 1100 employees, modern equipment and supplies, effective management, sophisticated support services, up-to-date professional education programs, and a staff of over 250 exceptional physicians, Flowers Hospital is able to assure its patients of quality healthcare.

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