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BMH-UC names new administrator

BMH-UC names new administrator

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 7:45 pm

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City has named retired Col. Derick B. Ziegler as administrator and chief executive officer. Ziegler replaces Donald H. Hutson, who will be serving as administrator and CEO for Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford effective Sept.1. “We are pleased to welcome such an experienced and skilled leader to our team,” said Jim Ainsworth, vice president and market leader of the regional hospitals at Baptist Memorial Health Care. “Ziegler has been working in health care for many years and brings a great deal of knowledge to the position.” Ziegler retired from the U.S. Army in June 2008 after serving in health care administration roles in acute care and managed care settings for more than 23 years. Most recently, he served as deputy commander for administration — a position equivalent to chief operating officer — of Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. “I am proud to have served my country as an officer in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years and am humbled to begin my civilian career with such a reputable health care organization as Baptist Memorial Health Care,” Ziegler said. “I am honored and privileged to be the CEO at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City and am excited about the opportunity to serve Union City, Obion County and the surrounding area. “My family and I look forward to becoming part of this community.” A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ziegler received a bachelor of science degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. He received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in health care administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He and his wife, Claudia, have two children, Calla, an eighth-grader at Union City Middle School, and Blaine, a sixth-grader there. Baptist Union City became part of Baptist Memorial Health Care in 1982. In 1995, construction was completed on a new three-story, 85,000-square-foot patient tower. This construction added patient rooms and tripled the size of the emergency department. The 173-bed facility in Union City provides many services, including behavioral health, hospice, physical therapy, cancer treatment and a 24-hour emergency room. Published in The Messenger 8.12.08

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