Carolinas HealthCare appoints Eugene A. Woods CEO: 8 things to know

Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System has appointed Eugene A. Woods president and CEO, effective April 28.

Here are eight things to know about Mr. Woods.

1. He was recently elected the next chairman of the American Hospital Association and will take on the role in 2017.

2. He has 24 years of healthcare leadership experience.

3. Currently, he is president and COO of Irving, Texas-based CHRISTUS Health, which has more than 50 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and 30,000 associates.

4. At CHRISTUS Health, Mr. Woods, who is fluent in Spanish, has had the responsibility of overseeing acute, post-acute and international operations for its facilities in the United States, Mexico and Chile, according to a news release.

5. Prior to joining CHRISTUS Health, Mr. Woods was CEO of Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington, Ky., part of Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives. He also previously was COO of the Washington Hospital Center, a 968-bed teaching hospital in Washington, D.C. 

6. Mr. Woods earned a bachelor's degree in health planning and administration, a master's degree in business administration and a master's degree in health administration from State College-based Pennsylvania State University.

7. Mr. Woods succeeds Michael C. Tarwater, who has served as CEO of Carolina's HealthCare since 2002. Mr. Tarwater announced his retirement in June 2015 and will remain with Carolinas HealthCare System until June 30, 2016, to ensure a seamless transition.

8. Edward J. Brown III, chairman of the Carolinas HealthCare board of commissioners, spoke positively of Mr. Woods' appointment, saying, "Gene is a proven leader with extraordinary experience. We know that he is the right person to lead Carolinas HealthCare System as we continue our journey as one of the leading healthcare systems in the nation, providing incredible care to all of the communities we serve."


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