SMH Board of
Commissioners selects Kerry R. Tirman to become new Chief Executive Officer
The Slidell Memorial
Hospital (SMH) Board of Commissioners announced today they have selected
Kerry R. Tirman, JD, MBA, FACHE, CPPS, of Moss Point, Miss., to replace
long-time SMH leader Bill Davis as Chief Executive Officer.
who has 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, will take on the new
position beginning Nov. 12. Tirman is noted for his healthcare expertise, with
demonstrated success in improving operational process and fiscal health,
quality of services and patient satisfaction.
addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
(FACHE) and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), Tirman holds a
Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Tulane
University in New Orleans, as well as a bachelor's degree in mathematics from
the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
wife Vicki and I feel blessed and honored to be joining the Slidell community.
And we are looking forward to serving with the exceptional team of
professionals at Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner – North Shore,” Tirman
said. "Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to meet with the
selection committee members, the Board of Commissioners, doctors and managers.
The energy and pride that everyone showed for the TEAM of Slidell Memorial and
Ochsner – North Shore were contagious. I am confident with the leaders we have
in place in Slidell, that we will build on the great work done over the past
few years, and we are anxious to get started as soon as possible.”
terms of the partnership between SMH and Ochsner Health System, Tirman will
become the CEO of the Slidell market, including SMH, Ochsner Medical Center
– North Shore and related clinics and outpatient facilities. An Executive
Search Sub-committee, consisting of eight members of the SMH/Ochsner Strategy
and Oversight Committee, with four Board members from SMH and four members of
Ochsner Health System’s management team, was formed earlier this year and was
actively involved in interviewing candidates. The Sub-committee presented its
unanimous recommendation before the final unanimous vote by the SMH Board on
have every confidence that Mr. Tirman will be a strong leader for this
hospital, our partnership and our community,” said SMH Board Chairman Dan
Ferrari. "Together with our partner, Ochsner Health System, we conducted a
6-month national search, in which 278 individuals were initially targeted. Mr.
Tirman offers us a unique blend of Hospital CEO/COO experience, legal/business
education, healthcare compliance and leadership experience that we believe will
move the Slidell Market partnership to the next level of clinical and financial
integration, expanded healthcare services, employment growth and employee
cultural integration and flexibility to meet the healthcare needs of St.
Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 2 (Slidell Memorial Hospital).”
announcement represents tremendous effort throughout a joint selection process
by many stakeholders,” said Warner Thomas, President & CEO, Ochsner Health
System. "Together through our successful partnership, we have worked to significantly
reduce costs, advance quality and bring new services and programs to patients
in east St. Tammany, and we are excited to support and work with Mr.
Tirman to further bridge our organizations and cultures."
Board’s search was assisted by Korn Ferry Associates, who conducted the
national search. According to the most recently published data, Korn Ferry is
the second-largest executive healthcare recruiting firm in the United States.
beginning his healthcare career as a Compliance Officer and Ancillary Services
Director, he grew into several other leadership positions, including as CEO of
Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, Kan.; President of Mercy St.
Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio; System COO at Mississippi Baptist Hospital
System in Jackson; and CEO of Riley Hospital in Meridian, Miss. Tirman also
served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and an engineer at Ingalls Shipbuilding
in Pascagoula, Miss.
is married to Vicki Tirman of Pascagoula, Miss., and has two sons attending the
University of Alabama.