Medical Center Gets New Operations Officer

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Pikeville Medical Center’s Jerry Johnson was promoted last week to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the hospital. Johnson had been serving as Special Assistant to the President and CEO prior to accepting his new job.

With over 24 years of hands-on experience in management and a strong public service background, Johnson brings strength and proven ability to this new position.

Before coming to Pikeville Medical Center in May of 2006, Johnson worked as Chief Executive Officer of Pikeville Medical Development Corporation in Louisville, a development corporation of Pikeville Medical Center, a post which he has held since March of 2005. This corporation finds and facilitates new research opportunities for Pikeville Medical Center, and assists in creating new economic opportunities in the area.

Prior to his work in Louisville, Johnson spent 10 years working in state government, with eight of those years in the governor’s office.

Johnson has managed new construction projects, the hospital’s physician staff offices, many of the hospital’s operations units and other special projects as needed, since arriving in Pikeville last spring. He also continues his work with the Pikeville Medical Development Corporation.

The Harlan, Ky. native accepted his new position after former COO Debbie Puckett accepted her own promotion and new role at PMC as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rehabilitation Hospital.

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