HOT SPRINGS — Bath Community Hospital welcomed this week its newly appointed CEO, Jeffrey Lingerfelt.
He comes to BCH with over 25 years of experience as a health care leader.
“We partnered with a nationwide executive search firm that specializes in health care leadership positions to recruit a highly qualified CEO to help lead BCH through the coming years,” said Tim Pistell, chairman of the Board of Directors. “Jeff’s extensive knowledge of critical access hospital operations and rural health clinics will be among the many assets he brings to our facility.”
Lingerfelt was born and raised in Franklin, N.C., and has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on health care.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Outstanding Rural Health-care Professional of the Year, Pinnacle Quality Insights Customer Experience Award, and selected twice at “Top 50 Critical Access Hospital CEO’s to know.”
His wife, Jenny, is originally from the Shenandoah Valley, and they are very familiar with the area with close ties to both Lexington and Staunton.
“Jenny and I feel blessed by this opportunity It is not only a beautiful community but we’ve been impressed with all the wonderful people we’ve met,” Lingerfelt said. “I look forward to joining the team and contributing to the overall health is this community.”
Before joining BCH, Lingerfelt led operations as president at Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley in Tehachapi, Calif., and has served as the CEO at Hammond Henry Hospital, in Geneseo, Ill., and Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, N.D.
Lingerfelt succeeds Kathy Landreth as Bath Community Hospital CEO. Landreth retired in June and relocated to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where her husband teaches and coaches football.
Landreth had served as the hospital’s CEO since January of 2015.