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Mullins selected to lead Mountain Health Network

HUNTINGTON, WV – Michael Mullins, FACHE, has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for Mountain Health Network. Effective March 4, Mullins will assume strategic oversight to grow the new regional health system that includes Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Pleasant Valley Hospital.

Mullins is arriving from Ascension Healthcare, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. He has served as Senior Vice President of Ascension and CEO/Ministry Market Executive for Via Christi, the largest provider of healthcare services in Kansas, and St. John’s Health in Oklahoma. He has been responsible for 12 hospitals and focused on leading integration processes, structuring clinical integration, enhancing medical staff relationships, guiding financial success and mentoring executives.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael Mullins as the system’s permanent CEO,” stated Kevin Yingling, RPh, MD, chairman, Mountain Health and CHH Board of Trustees. “Mr. Mullins has expertise in leading hospital systems to success through strategic priorities of growth, quality, patient experience and financial performance. Further, I commend the board selection committee and Interim System CEO, Gary White, for their dedication and commitment to the process.”

“Mike’s impressive leadership strengths as a communicator, collaborator and mentor will help Mountain Health Network achieve its vision of creating a regional system that improves quality, access and affordability,” stated Gary White. “We look forward to his leadership and commitment to exceed patients’ expectations in the Tri-State region and beyond.”

In addition to his extensive leadership roles with Ascension Healthcare, Mullins has more than 30 years of hospital leadership experience. He served as Regional Vice President of Quorum Health’s Colorado region and provided leadership and operations support for 12 hospitals and strategic business arrangements. Additionally, he served in chief executive officer positions for Community Health Systems and Triad Hospitals. He led Gateway Health System in Clarksville, Tennessee; Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Indiana; and Unimed Medical Center – St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot, North Dakota.

Mullins is a retired captain of the Medical Service Corps, United States Naval Reserves, where he served for 32 years including in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment was a tour as commanding officer for a Commissioned Reserve Medical Unit for the Navy. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Texas at El Paso. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mike and his wife, Meliss, have two adult sons, Nicholas and Austin.

About Mountain Health Network

Formed on May 1, 2018, Mountain Health Network is a West Virginia-based not-for-profit health delivery system that is comprised of Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Pleasant Valley Hospital. Mountain Health Network is committed to improving the health and well-being of over one million people in 23-counties in West Virginia, southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky through understanding, respecting and meeting their needs. We are proud to be the primary teaching hospital for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing.