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Thursday, June 27, 2013
EOMC Hires New CEO
By David Deaton
After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center (EOMC) in Poteau, Okla., has hired Michael Carter as chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with nearly 19 years of senior leadership experience in healthcare and higher education, Carter will assume his new duties at EOMC in August.

“Michael is a passionate healthcare leader with a successful track record of driving financial initiatives and building strong stakeholder support,” said Aud Balentine, chairperson of the LeFlore County Hospital Authority board. “His background in rural health combined with his extensive business acumen and strategic leadership will be a great asset for our organization.”

Prior to joining EOMC, Carter was chief executive officer and administrator at Memorial Hospital and Physician Group in Frederick, Okla., where he provided leadership for the 37-bed acute care hospital and 47-bed long-term care facilities. Carter also served as CEO for Miners Colfax Medical Center in Raton, N.M., and Southeast Arizona Medical Center in Douglas, Ariz. In addition, Carter served as the district vice president of finance and administration for the Cochise Community College District in Douglas, Ariz.

“Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center was seeking an experienced CEO with the demonstrated ability to identify strategic opportunities to maintain and gain market share and drive the organization’s financial health,” said Mark Madden, senior vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide CEO search for EOMC. “Michael’s successful track record in leadership and program development was an excellent match.”

Carter earned a master’s degree in health services administration from Strayer University and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. Additionally, Carter earned a master’s degree in business administration from Queens University of Charlotte and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Belmont Abbey College. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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