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Alumni News Kevin Storr August 14, 2015

Kidada Hawkins named Shoals Hospital CEOKidada Hawkins, FACHE, alumnus of the UAB MSHA/MBA program, has been named chief executive officer of Shoals Hospital. Hawkins, a member of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration Class 41, is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served and held leadership roles in every community he has lived.

His statement from Shoals Hospital's announcement says:

“What most attracted my family and me to the area was the warmth and friendliness of the people,” Mr. Hawkins said. “The openness of the community reminds us of Trussville, where we live now, and Munford, where I am from. My family and I live in Trussville now, and, in many ways, it’s similar to Florence and Muscle Shoals. Shoals Hospital is well-run, and there are opportunities to expand our capabilities. Further, I believe RegionalCare Hospital Partners has exciting plans for both ECM and Shoals hospitals, and I’m eager to be part of those plans.”

Rob Jay, Chief Operating Officer for RegionalCare Hospital Partners said in the release, “We conducted a national search for the new hospital leader and are confident that Kidada is the right person to lead Shoals going forward. He has had great success in recruiting physicians and developing service lines to allow the hospital to best meet the needs of the community.”

As CEO of Shoals, Hawkins will work directly with Eliza Coffee Memorial in Florence. ECM and Shoals are part of the eight-hospital RegionalCare Hospital Partners system based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Prior to this, Hawkins spent five years as the Administrator of Rural Health Operations for the St. Vincent’s Health System. He has previously served as Associate Administrator and Director of Marketing at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston. Hawkins’ first day at Shoals Hospital will be in late September.

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