Dr. Barbara Griffith has been selected as the new chief executive officer at Woman’s Hospital, one of the largest women’s specialty hospitals in the country, the hospital announced this morning.
Griffith, currently the chief medical officer and chief of business operations for Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, will assume the role of CEO this fall.
Griffith’s health care experience includes 20 years of clinical practice and more than 15 years in leadership roles spanning hospital leadership, operations, physician practice management, clinical affairs and board governance. At Duke Regional, Griffith also led business development and strategy for clinical programs.
Griffith will assume the role of CEO from Robert Burgess, who has acted as interim CEO since Teri Fontenot’s retirement earlier this year. Fontenot, who became the top executive of Woman’s Hospital in 1996, was the facility’s longest-running president and CEO. Under her leadership, Woman’s became the largest birthing hospital and neonatal intensive care unit in Louisiana.
The Woman’s Hospital Board of Directors hired Korn Ferry, a national search firm that specializes in healthcare executive placements, for the hiring process.
“We said from the beginning that our plan was to announce a new CEO by September, and we were fortunate to find our candidate ahead of schedule,” says Donna Fraiche, chair of the Woman’s Hospital Board of Directors, in a statement. “I believe that’s a true testament to the reputation of Woman’s. I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Griffith to Baton Rouge and the Woman’s family, and I know she will uphold and strengthen our tradition of exceptional care.”