Columbus Regional Appoints New President and CEO


December 6, 2011


Anne Holmes, Manager,  Corporate Communications
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 Columbus Regional Appoints New President and CEO

Charles A. (Chuck) Stark, FACHE, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Regional Healthcare System, officials announced today. His appointment is effective Feb. 6, 2012.  Stark succeeds Larry Sanders, who retired as Chairman and CEO of Columbus Regional Sept. 30, after 30 years with the organization.

Stark, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, currently serves as President and CEO of Firelands Regional Health System in Sandusky, Ohio, a three-hospital integrated health care delivery system. He has led the system since 2004. During his tenure he led system acquisitions and initiated a $156.9 million expansion and renovation project. Firelands Regional Health System has been listed in two of the last three years as a Top 100 Hospital by Modern Healthcare magazine in that publication’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey.  During his tenure, specific service lines of the system also have achieved top quality and consumer preference rankings in state and national surveys.

Stark has more than 25 years of experience in hospital and health system leadership. Before joining Firelands Regional Health System in 2004, he spent 13 years with HealthSouth Corp. in progressively responsible leadership roles in Texas, Virginia and Alabama, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President with oversight of the acute care hospital division with facilities in Alabama and Florida. Stark also previously served for six years with Humana, Inc. in the hospital division, holding senior leadership assignments in Florida and Texas.

“We are delighted to welcome Chuck Stark to Columbus and to the Columbus Regional family,” said Eugene (Gene) Demonet, Chairman of the Columbus Regional Healthcare System Board of Directors. “He brings a wealth of experience to his new position as well as extensive accomplishments in facility and service line growth and development, physician relations, quality and patient safety, and customer and employee satisfaction.”

Stark was selected from among several dozen prospective candidates identified in a national search which began mid-summer. The Columbus Regional Board engaged Tyler & Company, an executive search firm specializing in health care. Max Brabson, Jr., retired Synovus Human Resources executive and member of the Columbus Regional Healthcare System Board, was Chairman of the Search Committee. The selection decision was made with input from the full board, representatives from the medical staff and the Columbus Regional senior management team.

Stark, 50, earned his undergraduate degree cum laude in 1983 from Duke University in Durham, N.C., with a major in Psychology. He completed his Master of Health Administration degree at Duke University in 1985.

He has served in numerous civic and professional leadership roles, including service as a board member for the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Health Information Partnership. He was recognized as a 1993 “Up and Comer” by Modern Healthcare magazine. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Stark and his wife Julie, have two children – daughter Jessica who is a senior at Duke University and son Connor who is a freshman at Emory University in Atlanta.


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As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.