The seven-hospital system tapped Kaufman Hall & Associates to assist with the partnership search and has narrowed the field of suitors to three undisclosed not-for-profit systems. The affiliation process is in the due diligence phase and the board could choose a suitor by year-end, a news release said.
One of the systems under consideration is a regional group while the other two were described as significant players outside Wellmont's Eastern Tennessee market.
Before joining Wellmont, Hove was CEO of a number of other hospitals in the Southeast, including Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, Miss.; Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, Ky.; and Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville, Ala.
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