John McLain Named CEO of Starr Regional Medical Center
Date Posted: Jul 23, 2019
Author: LifePoint Health
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Athens, Tenn. – (July 22, 2019) – Starr Regional Medical Center (SRMC), part of LifePoint Health, today announced that John McLain has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the two-campus hospital system, which serves McMinn, Monroe, Polk and Meigs counties. Effective on August 1, McLain will replace former CEO Mark Nichols, who retired earlier this month.

“John is an experienced healthcare leader who is committed to both operational excellence and cultivating a culture of quality and patient safety,” said Robert Wampler, president of LifePoint Health’s Mountain Division, of which SRMC is a part. “We look forward to welcoming John back to LifePoint and having him lead the work of Starr Regional in providing high-quality and patient-centered care for the communities it serves.”

McLain comes to SRMC from Bayfront Health St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he served as CEO. He previously served in a number of other leadership roles, including as CEO of Venice Regional Bayfront Health in Venice, Florida; executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Southern Regional Health System in Riverdale, Georgia; and as CEO of River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Tennessee. Prior to these roles, he served as CEO of Wythe County Community Hospital in Wytheville, Virginia, and as COO of Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma, Alabama – both of which are LifePoint Health facilities.

“John has all the key qualities and well-rounded experience we were looking for in a new leader for Starr Regional,” said Durant Tullock, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “His proven track record of fostering growth, expanding access to care and engaging with the local community will be a tremendous benefit to our region. We are so pleased he is joining our SRMC family, and we look forward to working with him to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”

McLain earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Religion from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University, also in Atlanta. In addition to being a current member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he has recently served as vice chair of the St. Petersburg Economic Development Council and as a board member for the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and the St. Petersburg Innovation District.

McLain and his wife, Linda, have four children and three grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys being involved with his local community, road bicycling, riding motorcycles and RV travel.

“I am thrilled to be able to come back to Tennessee and join this exceptional team,” said McLain. “Starr Regional has a strong reputation for providing high quality, compassionate care close to home, and I look forward to continuing this legacy and seeking more ways to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve in southeastern Tennessee.”

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