Jackson Purchase Medical Center Names Fred Pelle CEO


Mayfield, Kentucky - Jackson Purchase Medical Center (JPMC) announced today that Fred L. Pelle, FACHE, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective July 11, 2011.

"We are fortunate to have Fred joining the team at JPMC," said Tom Weiss, president of the Continental Division of LifePoint Hospitals®, a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. "He is a seasoned veteran of the healthcare industry, with a proven track record of leading hospitals in the delivery of high-quality medical care; supporting physicians in their quest for everyday excellence; and developing work environments that encourage employee satisfaction. I am confident that Fred is the right person to lead JPMC forward in the future."

"After a comprehensive national search for a permanent CEO, I couldn't be happier to announce Fred Pelle's appointment. The hospital operations experience and expertise he'll bring to our organization is second to none," said JPMC Board Chair Dr. Gerald Russell. "I feel certain that Fred will also be an excellent addition to the Mayfield community."

A 24-year veteran of the healthcare industry, Pelle comes to JPMC from Wellmont Health System, where he served as president of both Hawkins County Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Hospital in East Tennessee. During his nine-year tenure with Wellmont, he was credited with successfully recruiting numerous physicians; developing a hospitalist program; and driving dozens of performance improvement efforts, resulting in significant improvements in quality measures and employee and physician satisfaction levels.

Prior to this, Pelle served as chief operating officer (COO) of HCA Palmyra Medical Center (Albany, Ga.); vice president, Operations, of Medical Center of Bowling Green (Ky.); and COO of Trover Regional Medical Center (Madisonville, Ky.) and Southeast Alabama Medical Center (Dothan, Ala.).

Pelle is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also a Rotarian and has a history of involvement with the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and Boys and Girls Club. He holds an M.B.A. from Troy State University (Montgomery, Ala.) and a B.S. from Athens State College (Athens, Ala.).

Pelle, his wife Lisa, and their son Oliver look forward to relocating to the Mayfield community.

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