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Leadership Changes at Methodist Hospital

Leadership Changes at Methodist Hospital

Bill Stephens

March 8th, 2017


The Board of Directors have announced that Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, Methodist Hospital President and CEO, has submitted his resignation because of increasing family responsibilities requiring his full attention at this time.

“We respect this difficult decision and thank him for his service to Methodist Hospital,” said Garland Certain, Methodist Hospital Chairman of the Board.

Benny Nolen, currently Vice President of Professional Services, will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer, according to Certain. “Mr. Nolen’s distinguished career includes nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare management. In those years, he has earned a reputation as an innovative leader who inspires operational excellence and community-wide support.”

Certain added, “We expect a smooth leadership transition, as Mr. Nolen shares our commitment to quality, community-based health care and values our faith-based mission to improve the health and well-being of every life we touch in the communities we serve.”

Prior to joining Methodist Hospital in January 2017, Nolen spent five years in Mt. Sterling, KY, as President of St. Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital, a member of the Kentucky One Health Care system. He was responsible for all operations and financial performance of the 63-licensed beds community hospital with approximately 350 employees. Nolen also served on several professional committees and community-based boards, most notably, the Strategic Advisory Committee for the corporate office of Kentucky One.

Nolen, a native of Lebanon, TN, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Belmont University in Nashville. He earned his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University, NE. He has professional memberships/certifications from the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Academy of Medical Management.

Nolen celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary with his wife Lisa in February. They have two children and five grandsons

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