JACKSON, Ky., – December 22, 2014 – Kentucky River Medical Center has appointed John Ballard as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 5, 2015. Most recently, Ballard has served as CEO of Parkway Regional Hospital, a 70-bed hospital in Fulton, Kentucky.

John Ballard KRMC CEO“I am committed to supporting the physicians, employees and volunteers of Kentucky River Medical Center who provide patients with quality, compassionate care,” Ballard said. “It is an exciting opportunity to help strengthen and enhance the hospital’s service to the community and patients who count on us for care.”

During his time at Parkway Regional, The Joint Commission named the hospital a Top Performer on key quality measures for the fourth consecutive year. The hospital also achieved strong employee and physician satisfaction scores which led to strong HCAHPS measures of patient satisfaction.

“On behalf of the entire board, we welcome John to Jackson and our organization,” said Dan McIntyre, Chairman, Kentucky River Medical Center Board of Trustees. “His dedication to quality patient care will benefit the hospital and our community.”

Prior to Parkway Regional, Ballard was Assistant CEO of Moberly Regional Medical Center in Missouri and served in leadership roles with multi-specialty physician clinics in New Mexico, Florida and Mississippi. He completed his undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University, and received his MBA from Alcorn State University in Natchez, Mississippi. He also holds a Ph.D. in Public Health and Epidemiology from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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