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Joe Riley Named CEO of Jackson Hospital

Hospital news | Friday, April 6, 2012

Joe B. Riley of McAllen, Texas has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama.

Jim Ridling, chair of the CEO search committee made the announcement after meeting with the board of trustees on Monday.

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Joe B. Riley as our next CEO at Jackson Hospital,” Ridling offered. Riley joins the hospital after serving the last four years as CEO of McAllen Medical Center in Texas, which is operated by Universal Health System, a national investor owned company, which owns 231 hospitals throughout the country.

“Mr. Riley will be Jackson Hospital’s fourth CEO in its 66-year history in Montgomery. He is a registered nurse and has a masters degree in healthcare administration and comes to us with an excellent track record of accomplishments in hospital management. Physicians and board members on the search committee were impressed with both his business and clinical background. His focus has always been on quality patient care. The board is very excited to have Joe and Mary Ann Riley as new members of the Montgomery and Jackson family,” said Ridling.

Riley is a native of Amarillo where he received an associate in nursing degree from Amarillo College. Later he received his bachelors degree from West Texas State University and his masters in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Riley has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations including: chambers of commerce, the Boys and Girls Club, and Rotary International. In addition he has been on the board of an indigent care clinic, a local blood service and the advisory board for a local college.

Before his appointment with Universal Health System, Riley was employed for 10 years by Health Management Associates, which operates 66 hospitals mostly in the southern U.S. He served as CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi; Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Missouri; and Crawford Memorial Hospital in Van Buren, Arkansas.

Riley is married and has a daughter and two sons. They plan to move to Montgomery in June when he will start his duties as president and CEO of Jackson Hospital.