Friday will be Tim Hubbs’ last official day as the CEO of Angel Medical Center (AMC). Hubbs, who first gave notice of his retirement back in March, noted he wanted to retire to pursue other business interests.
According to Hubbs, his family has several houses that he wants to fix up and get on the market. He plans to spend retirement doing manual labor and trying to keep busy. Hubbs has been the CEO of the hospital for three and half years, and has guided the hospital through several significant transitions and developments.
Hubbs stepped in as AMC’s CEO in July 2008, following a period of upheaval at the hospital. Before taking over the reigns at the hospital, Hubbs was CEO for Drake Enterprises, where he worked for 16 years.
While holding AMC’s top position, Hubbs has helped the hospital transition to new leadership; redesign and develop a state-of-the-art hospice wing; and successfully began a partnership with Mission Hospital of Asheville. “We are a little over six months in with our partnership with Mission and we are very pleased with the decision so far,” said Hubbs. “We have gained vital educational and software resources that we wouldn’t normally have access to.”
The director of marketing and public relations for the hospital, Bonnie Peggs stated that at the time of Hubbs’ initial retirement notice in March, AMC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) had only been with the hospital for about eight months and the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) had been on site about three months. As CEO, Hubbs wanted to remain in position to help with the leadership transition.
Additionally, Peggs explained that Hubbs wanted to see the completion of an agreement with Mission, and had been expecting Joint Commission accreditation at any time. Formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Joint Commission is a United States-based not-for-profit organization that accredits over 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. A majority of state governments have come to recognize Joint Commission accreditation as a condition of licensure and the receipt of Medicaid reimbursement. “Now we have the agreement finalized with Mission, we have had a most successful Joint Commission visit, and both our CFO and CNO have been here over a year,” said Peggs. “Since I have been CEO, we have had Joint Commission visits,” explained Hubbs. “After the first one on December 2008, we received a good review. After the second one last month, the commission’s review reported zero recommendations for improvements for Angel Medical Center. We were very pleased with the outcome.”
Upon assuming the role of CEO, Hubbs focused his attention on stabilizing operations and adding services. He recruited new physicians to the community, while employing primary care and specialty physicians. Under his leadership, AMC was designated a Critical Access Hospital, which resulted in increased reimbursement for the hospital. As finances improved, Hubbs and the Board were able to increase compensation for hospital staff, making it competitive with other community hospitals in the region.
“I became CEO because I wanted to make Angel Medical Center as strong as it could be,” said Hubbs. “It was essential that the hospital be able to provide the people of Franklin and Macon County with easy access to quality care close to home. Thanks to the help of many remarkable people at Angel, and good partners like Mission Health System, our community’s medical center is on strong footing.”
“Small hospitals have struggled since the economic downturn, and while we are not exempt from those negative impacts, we have fared much better than most,” said Hubbs. He attributes much of the hospital’s ability to remain stable despite the recession to the hospital investing in market shares and bringing in new patients from surrounding areas.
Angel Medical Center’s Board of Trustees and Mission Hospital have been using a search firm to identify candidates to assume the Angel CEO position. “The first round of interviews ended with no candidates that were thought to be the right fit for Angel and our community,” informed Peggs. “We are very pleased that they are being very thorough and particular in making this decision. The search firm is actively seeking additional candidates for Angel’s Board and Mission to consider. This is expected to take around three to four months to complete.” Hubbs noted that although Friday will be his last day, he would be more than willing to continue aiding the hospital in finding a qualified candidate to replace him.
Originally, Hubbs anticipated remaining at AMC until a replacement was found, but he believes that the hospital’s existing leadership is currently in a position to operate without him while a replacement is being pursued. Marty Wadewitz, Angel Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed interim CEO until the selection process is complete. Wadewitz has been with AMC for more than a dozen years and has extensive experience within AMC as well as at other hospitals. Hubbs believes that AMC’s Management Team is the strongest in the region and is confident in their continued progress without his presence. “Marty Wadewitz has been with the hospital for 14 years and has served in this position before. He will do a tremendous job stepping in until a permanent replacement is found,” said Hubbs.