February 21, 2013

Hospital president to begin March 4

By Magen McCrarey
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The new president of Saint Joseph London, Greg Gerard, will take on his executive duties on March 4, according to KentuckyOne Health.  Gerard most recently served as president of Saint Joseph Berea, a part of KentuckyOne Health.  

“Greg is a strong leader who has inspired his staff and expanded care at Saint Joseph Berea,” said John Smithhisler, market leader, Lexington and president of Saint Joseph Hospital.  “We know his talent and expertise will be a valuable asset to Saint Joseph London and that community as well.”

At Saint Joseph Berea, Gerard was instrumental in adding new services including MRI, the Saint Joseph Heart Institute, Hospitalist Service, Pain Management and the Senior Renewal Center.  Prior to joining KentuckyOne, Gerard was CEO of Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, Colo.

Gerard will replace former president Virginia Dempsey, who retired from Saint Joseph London in September 2012.  The search for a new leader at Berea will begin immediately. Chris Schweighardt, chief nursing officer, will serve as interim president.

Saint Joseph London’s primary service area covers Laurel, Jackson, Clay and Whitley counties, with services including cardiovascular care, orthopedics, outpatient pediatrics, hematology/oncology, obstetrics/gynecology and neurology.  

Saint Joseph London is a part of KentuckyOne Health, the largest health system in Kentucky with nearly 15,000 employees across Kentucky and southern Indiana.