LAMC CEO John Whiteside
Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) announced today that John Whiteside has been named permanent chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Whiteside has served as interim CEO since August.
“Since joining the team in August, John has provided exemplary leadership and has quickly immersed himself into the community,” said Brad Owens, chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Health’s Western Group, of which LAMC is a part. “I am confident that John is the right person to lead the hospital forward, and I look forward to seeing the continued success and growth of LAMC under his leadership.”
Prior to serving as interim CEO at LAMC, Whiteside served as COO of Mercy Regional Medical Center and Acadian Medical Center, a two-hospital system in Louisiana that also is part of the LifePoint Health system. There, he oversaw a multi-million dollar construction and expansion project that included a new MRI lab and cardiac catheterization lab; significantly improved physician satisfaction through an innovative partnership with a local radiology group; and successfully recruited a number of new specialty physicians to the hospitals. In 2015, Whiteside also was instrumental in leading Mercy Regional Medical Center to earn LifePoint’s High Five Award for operational excellence.
“It was a unanimous decision to make John our permanent CEO,” said Chuck McCullough, chair of LAMC’s Advisory Board. “We have been impressed with his strong leadership and genuine commitment to our community these past six months, and we are excited to have him in this role permanently.”
Prior to joining Mercy and Acadian medical centers, Whiteside served in numerous healthcare leadership roles including assistant administrator at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Fla., and area business leader for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Whiteside also served for 10 years in the United States Marine Corps, three of which he held the rank of Commanding Officer.
Whiteside has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., a master’s of business administration (MBA) degree from St. Leo University in St. Leo, Fla., and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and education, also from the University of Florida.
“This is such a special community, and I am so appreciative of the warm welcome that I’ve received from so many,” Whiteside said. “I am proud to call Los Alamos home and will do all that I can to make sure our community members continue to have access to the best possible care, right here close to home.”
About Los Alamos Medical Center
Los Alamos Medical Center is committed to providing a care experience that is coordinated, comprehensive and compassionate. Los Alamos Medical Center, Compassionate care, Close to Home.
About LifePoint Health
LifePoint Health® is a leading health company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates more than 60 hospital campuses in 21 states. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the Company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., can be found on its website, www.LifePointHealth.com. All references to “LifePoint,” “LifePoint Health” or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Health, Inc. or its affiliates.