Russellville, AR (December 7, 2011) – Donald J. “Donnie” Frederic, FACHE, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Saint Mary’s Regional Health System (SMRMC) by the hospital’s Board of Trustees and Capella Healthcare, effective January 16. The announcement was made jointly today by Sharon Trusty-Kronberger, Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, and Mark Medley, President of the Hospital Division of Capella Healthcare, of which SMRMC is a part.

“Donnie will be a great fit for our community,” said Sharon Trusty-Kronberger, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Saint Mary’s. “During the interview process, we were impressed with Donnie’s commitment to quality as well as his experience in physician relations, strategic planning, and project management. His significant experience in a variety of settings will help us continue to grow Saint Mary’s presence in this region.”

“The coming years will undoubtedly be the most challenging we’ve ever experienced in health care,” Medley said. “Providing the highest quality of care and exceeding our constituents’ expectations – all while lowering the cost of care and expanding access – will demand new expertise and a fresh perspective. Since announcing in January that the decision had been made to make a change in leadership, we launched a national search, involving Board members, physicians and employees in the interview process. We believe Donnie Frederic is the right leader to take us forward. I am confident this change will lead to Saint Mary’s becoming even more successful for the benefit of its patients, employees, physicians, the Russellville community and the entire River Valley region.”

Frederic comes to Saint Mary’s from Louisiana Medical Center and Heart Hospital, a 137-bed acute care hospital in Lacombe, LA, where he has been President and CEO since January of 2009. Prior to that, he served in senior leadership positions at a number of facilities, including three in Arkansas: Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock as COO; Northwest Health System in Springdale as Administrator and COO; and Bates Medical Center in Bentonville as COO. He also served at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL, as CEO; Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, LA, as COO; and Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton, TX, as CEO.

Frederic earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his master’s degree in health administration from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans.

He began his career in health care as a Purchasing Agent at East Ascension Hospital in Gonzales, LA, moving up to Director of Materials Management at Hamilton Medical Center in Lafayette, LA.

Frederic has earned fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in the Louisiana Hospital Association. He has been active with the American Heart Association as well, serving on the Executive Board for the AHA Heart Walk.

“I think the announcement of Mr. Frederic as the new CEO of St. Mary’s will meet with the approval of the medical staff, the hospital staff, and the community as a whole,” said Finley Turner, Chief Medical Officer for Saint Mary’s and a member of the National Physician Leadership Group for Capella Healthcare. “Mr. Frederic stated during the interview process that one of his major strengths was in relationship building, and this has been demonstrated in reviewing his record of work. In a community adjusting to the use of hospitalists for the first time, relationships within the community remain critical. Additionally, it falls upon the responsibility of St. Mary’s to insure that we maintain relations with the physicians in our community at a time when there is less ‘in-house’ contact with our primary care practitioners. Mr. Frederic also indicated that he had been very successful in recruiting primary care physicians into the communities that he served in the past. Russellville presently is in need of primary care help and it is anticipated that this need will continue to increase, as it has nationwide.

Frederic and his wife Jeanne, who is an RN and a Medical Technologist, will be moving to Russellville in the near future.

When Frederic starts, as had been previously announced, Mike McCoy will step into the role of COO, a position that will enable him to work more closely with staff on a daily basis. McCoy has been with Saint Mary’s for 27 years, having served as CFO, CEO, and most recently as both CEO and COO.

About Saint Mary’s Regional Health System Located in Russellville, Arkansas, Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is a 170-bed acute-care facility, fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Saint Mary’s has been serving the Arkansas River Valley for more than 85 years, offering a wide range of medical services, including Women’s and Children’s Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Diagnostic Cardiac Services, Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Outpatient Therapy Center, Sleep Study Lab, Hyperbaric Wound Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Senior Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Skilled Nursing Facility, MSICU, 24-hour Emergency Services and Home Health. The hospital is one of the region’s largest employers and tax-payers.

For more information, visit the hospital’s website at www.SaintMarysRegional.com

For more information, contact:
Saint Mary’s: Brenda Harrison, Director of Marketing-479-964-5687
Capella Healthcare: Beth Wright, VP-Corporate Communications

About Capella Healthcare
SMRMC is a part of Capella Healthcare, which partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for quality patient care and exceptional service. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella owns and/or operates 15 general acute-care hospitals in seven states. With the philosophy that all healthcare is local, Capella collaborates with each hospital’s medical staff, board and community leadership to take care to the next level. The company has access to significant leadership and financial resources, investing in its family of hospitals to strengthen and expand services and facilities. For more information, visit www.CapellaHealthcare.com