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Coffee Regional Medical Center Hires New Chief Executive Officer

April 24, 2014

Douglas, GA  April 24, 2014 -  After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Coffee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Douglas, Ga., has hired Vicki Lewis as chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, Lewis will assume her new duties at CRMC on May 12. She replaces current president and CEO George L. Heck III who announced his resignation last June.

“Vicki brings a proven track record in healthcare management, significant leadership experience in clinical operations and an impressive list of accomplishments,” said Matt Greer, chairman of CRMC’s board of directors. “We are confident Vicki will provide excellent leadership and prepare CRMC for the future healthcare environment.”

 Formerly, Lewis served as president at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, Wis., and Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington in Burlington, Wis. In this role, she provided leadership to the two acute care hospitals with a focus on improving patient experience and building a strong relationship with the community. Lewis previously served as vice president/chief nursing officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis. She also held numerous senior leadership roles at Marion General Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital, both part of the Ohio Health system.

 “Coffee Regional Medical Center was seeking an experienced senior healthcare executive to provide strategic leadership and continue to strengthen the organization’s relationship with the community,” said Mark Madden, senior vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith. “Vicki’s healthcare experience and leadership style were a perfect fit.”

Lewis earned a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ohio University Athens. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).