After a decade of service and leadership, Evan Dillard will retire from the post of chief executive officer of Forrest Health. Andy Woodard, who will replace Dillard beginning in January 2019, has worked closely with Dillard over the past 17 months to ensure a smooth transition.
“I am honored to continue serving Forrest Health as president and CEO and grateful for the time Evan spent with me this past year,” said Woodard. “I look forward to the coming years and building upon the great legacy of my predecessors with the Forrest Health team and the Pine Belt communities we serve.”
Dillard, who has also served in healthcare leadership roles in Alabama and Florida, first began his tenure at Forrest Health in 2008, during a pivotal time for the healthcare industry. Under Dillard’s leadership, Forrest Health with the help of its physician partners has grown from a single county hospital to a regional health system with six hospital campuses, three specialty hospitals and numerous patient clinics to serve the needs of more patients. Today, Forrest Health is south Mississippi’s healthcare leader.
Woodard, who will assume Dillard’s role, has worked in various leadership positions at Forrest Health since 2001. Along with his role as chief financial officer, Woodard has been instrumental in leading the Forrest Health team’s strategic plan for many years. In his time at Forrest Health, Woodard has helped the system maintain its strong financial footing in the south Mississippi region. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and a certified public accountant.
“My time at Forrest Health has been a true capstone to my career in healthcare,” said Dillard. “I am so proud of the team that we have built and the unmatched care we provide our patients every day. It has been a joy to watch this organization grow to what it is today. I worked closely with Andy over the past year leading up to this transition, and I predict he will take Forrest Health to new heights as its new leader.”
Today, Forrest Health:
- Contributes more than $1.5 billion annually in financial impact alongside the Hattiesburg Clinic and Southern Bone and Joint.
- Is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 4,000 team members, including physicians, nurses and other caregivers.
- Serves all patients regardless of ability to pay with more than $85 million in community service mission care in 2017.
- Regularly invests in new services such as The Orthopedic Institute and the Asbury Hospice House to better meet the needs of its patients.
About Forrest Health
The Forrest Health system is a partnership of healthcare organizations formed to increase access to quality health care in south Mississippi.
Since 1952, Forrest General Hospital has been a leader in medical excellence in south Mississippi. The hospital has grown from the original 90-bed facility into a 512-bed, Level II Regional Trauma Center. Forrest General is the flagship hospital for Forrest Health, a partnership of healthcare organizations formed to increase access to quality health care in south Mississippi. Other Forrest Health hospitals include: Highland Community Hospital, Picayune; Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, Prentiss; Marion General Hospital, Columbia; Walthall General Hospital, Tylertown; and The Orthopedic Institute, Hattiesburg.
Forrest General Hospital ranks in the top 10 hospitals nationwide for Patient Safety in Overall Medical Care and has earned the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation, the 2015/2016 Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievement Award for the treatment of Heart Attack Patients; the Stroke Gold Plus Award for quality stroke treatment by the AHA and ASA; the 2016 Women’s Choice Award for Hospital Obstetrics, Cancer Care, and Stroke Centers, and was also named one of the 2017 Most Wired Hospitals by the AHA Health Forum.