Singing River Health System CEO Announces Departure Effective October 31

In a memo to physicians and staff today, Singing River Health System Chief Executive Officer Kevin Holland announced his departure from the organization effective October 31, 2017.
Holland has served as CEO of the health system since March, 2014 and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization over the past 20 years. He started with the organization in 1998, serving from the Director of Business Development to CEO over the course of his tenure. In his outreach to the system’s more than 2,700 physicians and staff he said “I will remain forever grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in partnership with each of you. We have faced many challenges together, always guided by an unwavering commitment to our Mission of improving health and saving lives.”
Holland agreed to his leadership role at the same time the health system acknowledged and began addressing significant financial issues related to a large audit adjustment, then subsequently its pension plan.
Since assuming the Chief Executive role, Holland and his leadership team have achieved a substantial financial turnaround to preserve the system’s role as the primary health care provider and a major employer for Jackson County and surrounding areas. “Singing River today is once again on a solid financial foundation and poised for continued success in the years ahead, which was our goal when I started almost four years ago,” Holland said. “Through it all, I am most proud of the fact that we accomplished a significant financial turnaround without ever compromising the hallmark of our organization, our exceptional clinical quality.”
Jeffery Belk, President of the health system’s Board of Trustees, thanked Holland for his leadership and service to the organization during a critical time. “Under Kevin’s leadership, we’ve seen a much-needed stabilizing of our finances, growth in our operations and excellent clinical quality delivered by our medical staff and employees. We’re grateful for his dedication and service and wish him and his family all the best.”
The system’s Board of Trustees will work to select its next CEO to lead Singing River.

Attached is a letter from Holland to employees at Singing River Health System. He addresses the pension issue, saying it “stood as the greatest challenges of my tenure.” Memo to All Employees August 31 2017

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