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Victor Giovanetti, who is moving to Nashville to be COO of LifePoint Hospitals Eastern Group, has led the Salem-based health system since 2008.
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Victor Giovanetti will become chief operating officer of LifePoint Hospitals Eastern Group.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Victor Giovanetti is resigning as president of LewisGale Regional Health System to take a leadership position with a hospital chain in Nashville, Tenn.
Giovanetti, who has led the Salem-based health system since 2008, has accepted the position of chief operating officer of LifePoint Hospitals Eastern Group.
LifePoint has about 60 hospital campuses in 20 states, with 28,000 employees and 3,000 physician partners.
The division that Giovanetti is joining consists of about 20 hospitals in four states: Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan.
Giovanetti said the close relationship he has built with the LewisGale system and the Roanoke Valley community made the decision to move on difficult.
“It is truly a bittersweet day,” he said Monday afternoon, shortly after his resignation was announced.
Giovanetti will stay on through late July. A search for his replacement will begin immediately.
“My tenure as LewisGale’s market president has been one of the most rewarding leadership roles that I have held in my entire 21 years with HCA,” he said.
Giovanetti said two of his biggest accomplishments have been overseeing LewisGale’s dedication to quality health care and assembling a team to carry out that mission.
Nancy Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, praised Giovanetti’s work.
“I’m disappointed that he’s leaving,” she said. “I think he’s been a real asset to the community and a really good leader.”
While Carilion and LewisGale are competitors in the Roanoke Valley market, its leaders work together in times of community need. Agee cited two examples: the derecho of 2012 and a meningitis outbreak in the same year.
“He’s been a great colleague to work with,” she said.
Giovanetti is active in the community, serving on the boards of Child Health Investment Partnership, the Bradley Free Clinic, the Roanoke Higher Education Authority and the Virginia Western Community College Education Foundation.
LewisGale Regional Health System includes 38 facilities, including four hospitals. LewisGale Medical Center in Salem is the flagship hospital, with other locations in Montgomery, Pulaski and Alleghany counties.
“It is under Victor’s direction, as a strong and visionary leader, that LewisGale Regional Health System made great strides in becoming an integrated provider network,” Margaret Lewis, president of HCA’s Capital Division, said in Monday’s announcement.
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