Kozar named CEO of Carroll hospital

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By The Staff

Carroll County Memorial Hospital’s new chief executive officer began his new duties yesterday.

The CCMH Board of Directors has named Michael Kozar as the new CEO to replace Kanute Rarey, who announced his retirement in August.
Board chairman Dennis Raisor, in making the announcment in a news release, said Kozar “rose to the top in our nationwide search for a new CEO.”

Kozar comes to CCMH from Advanced Radiology Services, located in Grand Rapids, Mich., the country’s largest physician-owned radiology practice where he has been chief operations officer since 2010.

Throughout his extensive career, he has served hospitals around the country — many of them rural — in a variety of leadership roles. Kozar has been responsible for the financial turnaround of a number of hospitals and very successful in physician recruitment and physician relations.

“Mr. Kozar is a strong strategic leader who will be an effective collaborator with our hospital leadership and employees to best serve our patients, their families and our community,” Raisor said.

Kozar said he looks forward to coming to the Carrollton hospital.

“Carroll County Memorial Hospital is a strong, stable organization with tremendous potential for growth,” Kozar said. “I see the opportunity to expand markets and work with the medical staff to continue to improve care in the region. I plan to continue to build on CCMH’s successes.”

Kozar is a graduate of Bethany College, located in Bethany, W.Va., and has completed substantial coursework toward a master’s in business administration. He serves on a number of professional and civic boards and plans to continue that community service when he comes to Carrollton.

He will replace Rarey, who has served as the hospital’s CEO since November 2007. During his tenure, the hospital underwent a major renovation of the inpatient unit, including new equipment and furniture. According to the news release, Rarey also collaborated with the board and the hospital team to regain financial stability in the face of tough economic pressures.

During the past two years, Rarey has worked closely with the CCMH board and administration on a new clinical affiliation with Louisville-based Norton Healthcare that is expected to aid the hospital with new services, added specialty physicians, quality initiatives and expanded patient volume over the next several years. CCMH will remain independent while being part of a network to help the hospital be more competitive.

“We are grateful for all the ways Mr. Rarey has contributed to building a healthier community,” Raisor said. “We look forward to growing with our region as we continue to provide world-class care close to home.”

Founded in 1955, Carroll County Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that has been managed by Alliant Management Services since 2007. Based in Louisville, KY, Alliant has provided a full range of management services to hospitals in four states since 1978.