KDMC CEO Hoover to retire

Published 1:22 pm Thursday, November 18, 2021

Alvin Hoover, chief executive officer of King’s Daughters Medical Center for nearly 15 years, has announced he will retire effective September 2022.

The KDMC Board has created a search committee of board members and physicians to identify a qualified candidate to succeed Hoover.

“Serving as the CEO of KDMC has been the role of a lifetime,” Hoover said. “Early on, the KDMC Board challenged me to make our mission known, and together we have shown our community KDMC’s commitment to ‘Always provide quality health and wellness in a Christian environment.’”

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“I am proud to call Alvin Hoover my colleague and friend,” said KDMC Board Chair Martha Wilbert. “Throughout his tenure as CEO, he has championed patient safety, patient experience and employee engagement, all of which helped our hospital and our community rise to the immense challenges of the COVID pandemic.”

Under Hoover’s leadership, KDMC has achieved consistent accolades for work environment, patient safety, patient satisfaction and employee engagement, including:

• Named a Modern Healthcare Best Place to Work in Healthcare in 2020 for the fourth consecutive year and eight of the past 10 years.

• Internationally-recognized ISO 9001 certification, the Gold Seal for quality programs.

• Achieved patient safety grade of “A” from Leapfrog for seven of the past 10 grading periods.

• Consistently achieved Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services five stars for patient satisfaction.

• Received full recognition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the hospital’s quality, evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program.

• International recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility for offering an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

• Led the hospital to modernize facilities and equipment through more than $50 million of capital improvements.

• Recruitment of 25 physicians across multiple sub-specialties.

Prior to joining KDMC, Hoover was CEO of Abbeville Area Medical Center. He has more than 30 years of distinguished service in hospital administration and takes special interest in rural health policy development and advocacy.

Hoover is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has served as chair of the Mississippi Hospital Association Board of Governors, chair of the American Hospital Association’s Small or Rural Hospitals Governing Council, chair of the Myriad ACO — a Mississippi statewide accountable care organization, and president of Mississippi True — the state’s provider-sponsored health plan.

Locally, Hoover is an active member and deacon at First Baptist Church Brookhaven. He actively serves in the community, having held leadership positions with the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Foundation and Economic Development Alliance. He earned bachelor of science degree from Houghton College, a master of education degree from Georgia State University and a Master of Health Service Administration degree from Central Michigan University.