HUNTSVILLE – The Crestwood Medical Center Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Matthew Banks as Chief Executive Officer effective July 18.
Banks joins Crestwood from Merit Health Wesley, a 211-bed acute care facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he served as CEO for the past 4 years.
Previously, he was CEO of Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville, North Carolina; chief operating officer at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, North Carolina; and Chief Operating/Nursing Officer and Interim CEO of Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston, Alabama.
Banks’ continued focus on growing the range of services and patient access to meet community medical needs led to many successful initiatives in his previous roles, including recruiting physicians, expanding the range of services and operational improvement, as well as the design and implementation of transfer center programs. Its commitment to quality care is demonstrated by numerous accreditations, including Cardiology, Maternity, Stroke, Diabetes and Bariatrics, as well as consistent performance in the first quartile of health care provider and system evaluations. Healthcare by Hospital Consumers (HCAHPS), a strong commitment to employee and physician satisfaction, and an overall improvement in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) star rating.
“We are confident in Matthew’s exceptional leadership and the hospital’s operational expertise to not only continue our mission to provide quality care with service excellence and improved access for our growing region, but also to develop effective collaborative relationships with our physicians, our employees and the community as a whole,” says Mike Gillespie, Chairman of the Board. “His commitment to the well-being of the community, the advancement of care doctors and working closely with local government, businesses and community organizations will support the continued delivery of quality health care in our region.”
Banks holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an associate degree in nursing from Troy University.
“It’s a humbling opportunity to join the Crestwood team whose members have always lived the mission of improving the quality of life for patients and improving the well-being of the community,” said Banks. “I am delighted to support the work of competent and compassionate physicians and staff who provide quality care and services.
Banks replaces outgoing CEO Dr. Pam Hudson. Hudson will transition to a leadership role at Crestwood with a focus on physician initiatives. Crestwood has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade and a half which includes the addition of a 60-bed patient tower; a 17-bed expansion of the emergency department; the recruitment of 80 primary care physicians and key specialties; the addition of 10 primary care clinics in the community to facilitate access to care for patients; the addition of a fully private, 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); and outpatient services in Madison and northern Madison County.
Crestwood continues to be a strong corporate citizen in our community and consistently ranks as one of Madison County’s Top 20 Employers with approximately 1,200 employees and a total annual payroll of over $83.6 million. In 2021, Crestwood paid $14.2 million in property and sales taxes; spent $12.2 million on capital projects for new patient care equipment and to improve physical facilities; and provided approximately $137.6 million in charitable and unpaid care for the uninsured and underinsured in our community.
The Crestwood Board of Directors expresses its sincere gratitude to Dr. Hudson for her dedication, commitment, service and successful initiatives at Crestwood during her 15 years as CEO.