Jackson Purchase Medical Center CEO Announces Departure; Healthcare Veteran Jerry Dooley Named Interim Leader


Mayfield, Kentucky (June 21, 2012) – Jackson Purchase Medical Center (JPMC) announced today that its chief executive officer (CEO), Fred Pelle, has resigned, effective July 17.

“I never thought I would ever leave such a great hospital as Jackson Purchase Medical Center, but when the opportunity arose to return to my hometown and former hospital system to take on responsibilities for five community hospitals in the region, I simply had to take advantage of it,” Pelle said. “I cannot say enough wonderful things about JPMC and all the people I've encountered in my service with the organization, especially the employees, volunteers, physicians and board members.”

Of the leadership change, Tom Weiss, president of the Continental Division of LifePoint Hospitals® of which JPMC is a part, said: “While Fred will be missed and we wish him the very best in his new endeavor, I am confident we will find the right person to lead Jackson Purchase Medical Center into the future.

“In the meantime,” he added, “Jerry Dooley, a seasoned hospital administrator with more than 30 years of experience, will serve as the hospital’s interim CEO.”

Dooley comes to JPMC from LifePoint’s Georgetown Community Hospital in Georgetown, Ky., where he has served as interim CEO since October 2010. Prior to this, he was interim CEO for three other LifePoint hospitals – providing leadership and direction for each facility as permanent CEOs were being recruited.

Before joining LifePoint in 2006, Dooley was an administrator at Monroe Hospital in Bloomington, Ind., where he oversaw the development and opening of the 32-bed acute care facility. He has also served as CEO of Terre Haute Regional Hospital, a 284-bed hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.; Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, a 220-bed hospital in Matoon, Ill.; and Vermillion County Hospital, a 56-bed acute care hospital in Clinton, Ind.

Dooley holds a master’s degree in economics from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.

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