Gi­lene named pres­i­dent of Jewish Hospi­tal

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Who: Joseph Gi­lene, 55

New role: Pres­i­dent of Jewish Hospi­tal, Louisville, Ky., flag­ship fa­cil­ity for Ken­tuck­yOne Health, which re­cently an­nounced 500 lay­offs sys­temwide. He’ll also lead the down­town Louisville Med­i­cal Cam­pus, which in­cludes the Fra­zier Re­hab In­sti­tute, the James Gra­ham Brown Cancer Cen­ter, the Rudd Heart & Lung Cen­ter and the Univer­sity of Louisville Hospi­tal. Cur­rently pres­i­dent of St. Joseph Hospi­tal in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., Gi­lene be­gins his new du­ties April 1.

Pre­vi­ous roles: Was re­gional VP for Quo­rum Health Re­sources, Brent­wood, Tenn.; chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer at Robert Wood John­son Univer­sity Hospi­tal, New Brunswick, N.J.; and VP of Cincin­nati Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Big­gest chal­lenge: “We are re­spond­ing to an in­dus­try that is chang­ing very quickly—changes to re­im­burse­ment, changes in ac­cess to care and mov­ing from more in­pa­tient care to out­pa­tient care. We’re no dif­fer­ent from other in­dus­tries; we’re try­ing to make our or­ga­ni­za­tion more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive.”

On health­care re­form: “We’re very lucky to be in Ken­tucky, where they have made the de­ci­sion to ex­pand Med­i­caid and be ac­tive in the health­care ex­changes. Pa­tients will have ac­cess to a med­i­cal home. We hope that will bring pa­tients who might not have had ac­cess (to ser­vices) into the hospi­tal. We un­der­stand that pre­ven­tive medicine is ef­fec­tive in im­prov­ing qual­ity of life.”

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