JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - David Nicely, who has served as Vice President and CEO for Washington County Hospitals with Mountain States Health Alliance since September 2012, announced today his decision to step down in order to accept a professional opportunity in Middle Tennessee.
Nicely's role as Washington County, Tenn., VP includes serving as Vice President and CEO at Johnson City Medical Center. His last day with MSHA will be April 18.
"David is an exceptional leader, a good man, and has become a personal friend," said MSHA President and CEO Alan Levine. "We are all very happy for David and his wife, Krista, as they embark on this next step in David's career, and we wish them great success."
Within the next few weeks MSHA, partnering with the JCMC medical staff and volunteer board, will name an interim CEO, followed by the search for a permanent replacement.
Nicely has been with MSHA since December 2008. "Serving alongside such wonderful team members, doctors and volunteer community board members has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me," Nicely said, "and Krista and I are so grateful for the friendships we have made over the last five years. The Mountain States Health Alliance family is special because the people here care for our patients as if they were family, and I've been inspired by the compassion I've witnessed here. This was a difficult decision for us, but the opportunity to move closer to family and to accept more responsibility is the right thing for us at this time."
Nicely's tenure at JCMC was marked by numerous honors and accomplishments. When he joined MSHA in 2008, he was charged with merging Johnson City Specialty Hospital and North Side Hospital into the state's first "green" hospital, Franklin Woods Community Hospital. Franklin Woods has since become a nationally recognized community hospital for quality outcomes and patient satisfaction, including recognition as a Top 100 community hospital in the U.S. and a national ranking as one of the Top 25 hospitals in patient satisfaction.
Other notable achievements at JCMC include the hospital's recognition by U.S. News and World Report as a Top 5 hospital in the state of Tennessee, the opening of the new 16-room surgical tower, numerous quality and process improvements through utilization of Lean principles that have accounted for more than $20 million in cost savings, and operational improvements that have helped maintain a positive operating margin for the Washington County facilities.
JCMC has moved forward with new technology under Nicely's leadership, implementing the Xenex robot, the latest and most powerful way to destroy dangerous germs in hospital rooms; and the Artis Zeego robotic imaging system, the easiest, most effective method of getting detailed pictures of internal organs before, during and after a procedure.
JCMC has also made major improvements in patient satisfaction scores and earned recognition from the Society of Critical Medicine for lowering infection rates.
"The medical staff is grateful for David's leadership," said Dr. Tony Haley, chairman of the Medical Executive Committee at JCMC. "We're sorry to see him leave, but we know this is a terrific opportunity for him. We look forward to working with Mountain States Health Alliance leadership to find a successor, and I'm very confident we will find a great leader."