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Copley Board of Trustees Announces New President and CEO

September 3, 2019

Incoming President & CEO Joe Woodin

The Copley Health Systems, Inc. Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that, following a thoughtful national search, Joseph “Joe” Woodin has been selected to serve as Copley Hospital’s next president and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Woodin will take over leadership of the hospital in mid-October (exact start date currently being finalized), replacing Interim CEO, Jeffrey White, who has lead the hospital since the departure of Copley’s previous president and CEO, Art Mathisen, in May.

Mr. Woodin has a distinguished career in hospital leadership and administration, most recently serving as president and CEO of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Homer is approximately a four-hour drive south of Anchorage, and South Peninsula Hospital, like Copley, is an independent Critical Access Hospital serving a rural community.

“I am very excited, and thankful, for the opportunity to work with the leadership team at Copley Hospital,” said Mr. Woodin. “I have known Copley for years, and have always been impressed with its great nursing staff and providers. I am hopeful to carry on that success, and help them navigate some of the uncertainty of health care reform, both nationally and in Vermont.”

To those who know Vermont’s healthcare systems, Mr. Woodin is a familiar name thanks to his 17 year tenure at Gifford Health Care and Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vermont, where he served as president and CEO for 16 of those years. During his time with Gifford, Mr. Woodin helped increase gross revenue by approximately 600 percent, created a Federally Qualified Health Center to oversee the hospital and its affiliates, spearheaded the acquisition of seven clinical sites in neighboring communities, and introduced several new service lines that allowed Gifford to better address the healthcare needs of its community. Prior to Gifford, Mr. Woodin held leadership roles with Central Vermont Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center.

“We are pleased that Joe has agreed to join Copley,” said Carl Szlachetka, chair of the Copley Health Systems Board of Trustees. “We were fortunate to have received interest from a large and talented pool of candidates. However, what really set Joe apart from the very beginning, was his impressive history of helping hospitals achieve solid financial performance; his willingness to embrace innovative approaches to the healthcare challenges facing smaller, rural hospitals; and his depth of leadership experience working within Vermont’s unique regulatory environment.”

“As with all of the small, rural hospitals in Vermont, it is important to balance the needs of the community with insuring financial stability and continued success. I think Copley can continue to do that, given their exceptional foundation for both clinical quality and patient satisfaction,” adds Mr. Woodin.

Outside of his professional life, Mr. Woodin is the father of a son and two daughters and is a doting grandfather to one (soon to be two) grandchildren. In his spare time, Mr. Woodin enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, and antiquing. He is currently in the process of relocating from his home in Alaska and is excited to be returning to Vermont where he and his family lived for the majority of the last four decades.

Please join the Copley Board of Trustees, Leadership, Providers and Staff in welcoming Joe Woodin to the Copley community.