KDMC Names New CEO
July 7, 2022
The King’s Daughters Medical Center Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Christensen to the position of Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to find a CEO of Scott’s caliber. His vision and enthusiasm are contagious, and our Board believes he will be a great leader for KDMC,” said Board Chair Martha Wilbert.
Christensen is coming to KDMC from Delta Health System where he has served as CEO since 2014. During his tenure he led the growth of Delta Regional Medical Center – the region’s only Level 3 trauma center – into a health system of four hospitals with 582 licensed beds and multiple outpatient sites serving the Mississippi Delta.
Christensen’s career has been defined by his innovative response to change in the healthcare landscape and by his marked success in varied settings including small community hospitals, large urban hospitals, rural healthcare and system-based healthcare. He is committed to achieving financial and quality outcomes through investing back into a hospital’s greatest asset – its employees and caregivers. “The quality of a healthcare setting is driven by its people, and the people of KDMC embody so well the Christian mission of this organization,” says Christensen. “I feel blessed to have been invited to join this team, and I am excited about the good things we can accomplish together.”
“I am thrilled the Board is entrusting the leadership of KDMC to the capable hands and vision of Scott Christensen,” said Alvin Hoover, the outgoing CEO of KDMC who is retiring in September 2022.
Christensen received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and went on to pursue healthcare administration at Xavier University. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Delta State University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is currently Chairman of the Mississippi Hospital Association, and a prior Board member on the AHA Rural Health Services Committee and the AHA Regional Policy Board.
Scott and his wife Melia have three children, Marianna – 8, Martin – 5, and Makenna – 4. They will be relocating to Brookhaven during the school term, and Scott will assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer in mid-August.
King’s Daughters Medical Center is a private, independent, not for profit hospital that has cared for the greater Brookhaven Community for over 130 years. KDMC enjoys a deep and longstanding 33-year partnership with QHR Health. Focused on strengthening independent healthcare organizations, QHR Health is the largest healthcare professional services company for non-urban hospitals and health systems nationwide.