Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Directors has appointed Gary White as an Interim System Chief Executive Officer for the new system corporation that will oversee both CHH and St. Mary's Medical Center.
Mr. White's appointment coincides with the completion of CHH's acquisition of SMMC. Owner of JRW, LLC, a consulting firm that provides management and transactions services, Mr. White has been retained to initiate the forthcoming corporation; guide the joint workgroups of SMMC and CHH to accomplish access, quality and efficiency initiatives; oversee the operational and strategic planning responsibilities of the two hospitals; and lay the groundwork for a permanent system CEO.
"Mr. White is uniquely qualified to lead the launch of this new system," stated Kevin Yingling, RPh, MD, Chairman, CHH Board of Directors. "A respected business and community leader, he has the breadth of knowledge and experience to work with both independent hospitals and their leadership teams while building the framework for a regional system. On behalf of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Directors, we are grateful to Mr. White for committing his talents to this monumental process."
"I'm honored that the CHH Board has chosen me to serve in this initial role," said White. "I look forward to working with board members, leadership, staff of both hospitals, physicians, and the community in forming the new regional system and realizing the benefits we know it can provide."
A life-long West Virginian, businessman and coal mining executive, Mr. White holds a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University.
Mr. White served as Interim President at Marshall University, from January 2015 to January 2016, following the sudden death of long-time president Dr. Stephen J. Kopp. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Blackhawk Mining, LLC. Before joining Blackhawk, he provided assistance to senior management at James River Coal Company in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, lessor relations, government relations and regulatory affairs. Mr. White was President and Chief Executive Officer of International Resource Partners, LP, from June 2007 to 2011; President and Chief Executive Officer of International Industries, Inc., from 1992 to 2007; and President and Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Coal Association from 1985 to 1992.
Mr. White is currently a Director of United Bankshares, Inc., (UBSI); member of the Marshall University Board of Governors; Chairman of the James H. Harless Foundation; and serves on several other industry, advisory and charitable boards. He is a past member of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Directors.