LIVINGSTON – Joanne Fenton, MBA, BSN, FACHE, a veteran hospital administrator with more than 30 years of health care experience, has been named CEO of Livingston Regional Hospital, effective April 21.
Fenton will replace interim CEO Ron Tyrer, who has held the position since December 2013.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Joanne’s experience as both a hospital leader and as a nurse to lead Livingston Regional Hospital moving forward,” HighPoint Health System CEO Susan Peach said. Livingston Regional joined the HighPoint system in 2013. “Joanne has worked in both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals and has been successful throughout her career in improving operations, reducing staff turnover, leading quality improvement campaigns to meet 100 percent compliance with core measures, and increasing patient satisfaction. She will be an excellent asset to the hospital and to the community.”
Fenton comes to Livingston Regional from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) where she was interim executive director of the continental division, a division of HCA consisting of nine hospitals in Colorado and Kansas. From 2011-12, Fenton was CEO of the Ernest Health Inc.’s North Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital, a 20-bed for-profit hospital in Loveland, Colo. Prior to that role, she was CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital, a 116-bed general acute care facility in Streator, Ill., from 2008-11.
Among other leadership roles, Fenton spent 10 years with Banner Health, serving as interim CEO of Banner Lassen Medical Center in 2008, and in chief operating officer and chief nursing officer roles at Banner North Colorado Medical Center from 1999-2007. During her time at Banner North Colorado Medical Center, Fenton led the hospital’s first hospital/physician strategic planning session and led the construction of a $130 million construction project to include a heart hospital. She also led the hospital to earn recognition as one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals, to win a Colorado Performance Quality/Excellence award, and to achieve recognition in clinical excellence by HealthGrades, a well-known national quality reporting organization.
Fenton earned her master of business administration degree from University of Phoenix, Denver, Colo., and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. She is a fellow of the American of College Healthcare Executives.
The HighPoint Health System includes three additional hospitals, including Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage and Trousdale Medical Center in Hartsville. For more information, visit www.highpointhealthsystem.com.