By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
Bon Secours Kentucky Health System (BSKHS) CEO Kevin Halter, who operates from Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, has been elected and installed as chairman of the Kentucky Hospital Association’s board of Trustees for the association’s 2015-16 year.
Halter explained this is not an overnight election – he has been a long-term participant in the organization.
“The membership elected me for this honor. I’ve served many roles with the Kentucky Hospital Association, and have spent the past year as Chair-elect in preparation for assuming this position,” the healthcare veteran said.
Halter brings to his new role more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare including experience in strategic planning, operations, business development and management engineering. Halter joined BSKHS which includes Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) and Bellefonte Physician Services, in 2004.
He became the organization’s CEO in 2009 and previously served the hospital as vice president of Planning and Operations.
He explains his role in the statewide organization.
“As chairman, it’s my responsibility to provide governance, leadership and strategic support to the Board of the Kentucky Hospital Association.”
Prior to joining OLBH, Halter served as chief operating officer with Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, W.Va. Before his work in Bluefield, Halter had served at four other medical centers in four different states in management roles including planning and operations.
The new chairman has specific sites on the future of the association and healthcare in general.
“It’s a time of change in healthcare. We have many issues in our state, from poor overall health of our population to hospitals that are struggling under the new payment models.
“While we can’t solve all the challenges we’re facing in a year’s time, what I have promised my peers is that they have my ear and my support as I represent this organization during this time of great obstacles and opportunities,” he added.
Halter earned his master’s degree in hospital and health administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Halter was installed as chair for the KHA Board of Trustees May 8 during KHA’s 86th Annual Convention in Lexington. KHA was established in 1929.
Halter also wants to develop partnerships to benefit everyone.
“I would like to develop more collaborative relationships with the Cabinet of Health and Family Services.
“I have served the KHA proudly for many years and am honored to have been selected for the highest office with the Association’s board.
“I’ll work with my talented peers on the board to achieve success and offer to them my more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare as we make decisions together.”
The Association represents hospitals, related health care organizations and integrated health care systems dedicated to sustaining and improving the health status of the citizens of Kentucky. The Association is headquartered in Louisville.
“To be chosen to serve an organization with such a rich history of service to the hospital community in Kentucky is a great honor and responsibility,” Halter, said. “I’m grateful and look forward to the year ahead.”
Photo by Kevin Compton
Kevin Halter, right, is shown at his installation as chairman of the Kentucky Hospital Association.
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