Mark Bush named CEO for NFCH

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 02:27 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Board of Directors of Northwest Florida Healthcare, Inc. has named Mark E. Bush Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley, effective Dec. 16.

Bush will replace CEO Patrick Schlenker, under whose leadership the hospital earned national and state recognition for impressive service and financial improvements achieved over nearly a decade.

Bush brings to his new role more than 20 years of experience in hospital finance and management, including 14 years’ operating a Critical Access Hospital and two nursing homes.

“I very much look forward to working with the outstanding NFCH community of physicians, staff and local residents who are so committed to serving this area,” Bush said.

Bush said he envisions strong collaboration with NFCH and area healthcare providers such as Gulf Coast Medical Center and Signature HealthCARE Systems facilities to continue to enhance local residents’ access to healthcare services.

A south Florida resident, he said he also anticipates getting involved in Washington County life. “My wife, Cathy, and I are excited to join in local events and groups to become part of our new community,” he says.           

Following a national search and rigorous evaluation process, Bush quickly emerged as the clear frontrunner to succeed Schlenker, known for his staunch commitment to the region.

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