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Mountain Health names first president, CEO

January 12, 2019
Mike Mullins has been named the first president and CEO of the newly created Mountain Health Network, the Huntington-based regional health system that oversees Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary's Medical Center and Pleasant Valley Hospital.

HUNTINGTON — Michael Mullins has been named the first president and CEO of the newly created Mountain Health Network, the Huntington-based regional health system formed after Cabell Huntington Hospital’s acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The network comprises Cabell Huntington, St. Mary’s and Pleasant Valley hospitals. Pleasant Valley is based in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Mullins, who has more than 30 years’ experience in hospital leadership, arrives from Missouri-based Ascension Healthcare, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system and the world’s largest Catholic health system, where he served as senior vice president. He also had worked as CEO/ministry market executive for Via Christi, the largest health care provider in Kansas; and St. John’s Health in Oklahoma.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael Mullins as the system’s permanent CEO,” said Dr. Kevin Yingling, chairman of the Mountain Health and Cabell Huntington boards of trustees, in a Cabell Huntington release. “Mr. Mullins has expertise in leading hospital systems to success through strategic priorities of growth, quality, patient experience and financial performance.”

Mullins has worked in leadership, operations support and strategic business arrangements for 12 hospitals across the country in his career, including work in Colorado, Tennessee, Indiana and North Dakota.

He is also a retired captain of

the U.S. Naval Reserves’ Medical Service Corps, where his 32 years of duty included service during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last Navy assignment was a tour as commanding officer of a Commissioned Reserve Medical Unit.

“Mike’s impressive leadership strengths as a communicator, collaborator and mentor will help Mountain Health Network achieve its vision of creating a regional system that improves quality, access and affordability,” said Gary White, interim Mountain Health CEO, in the release. “We look forward to his leadership and commitment to exceed patients’ expectations in the Tri-State region and beyond.”

Mullins received his master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is also a fellow at the American College of Health Care Executives.

Mountain Health Network was formed May 1, 2018, with the finalizing of Cabell Huntington’s purchase of St. Mary’s Medical Center. The Huntington-based system reaches a service area of more than 1 million residents in 23 counties in West Virginia, southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky, the hospital said.

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