David Laird is set to become president and CEO of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare, Louisville, Ky., on April 1. Laird, 64, has been the system's senior vice president of strategy and business development since 2008 and was chosen by the board to assume leadership from interim CEO Janice James, a managing director with Huron Consulting Group.
Late News: Laird chosen as Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's president, CEO
James assumed the role in July 2009 and plans to stay through April 15 to help with the transition, the system said in a news release. Laird has been the lead negotiator in discussions toward forming a statewide Kentucky health network with Catholic Health Initiatives and the University of Louisville and its 329-bed University Hospital. A letter of intent laying the foundation for the partnership was announced in November. “I'm humbled that the JHSMH board has asked me to serve in this role as we move forward with our partnership discussions,” Laird said in the release. Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare owns and manages nine hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana. The system announced this past March it was eliminating 500 full-time-equivalent positions, about 6% of its workforce, amid lower volume attributed to the weak economy. Laird credited James with achieving more than $70 million in cost savings.
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