“This new partnership brings the best of all options to Southwest Virginia,” Levine said. “Hospitals will continue to be operated by people with whom communities have become familiar, while unlocking historic investments in the communities served by these critically important assets in which we have also invested so much. The relationship we have with the people of Southwest Virginia couldn’t be more important now that we move forward with these exciting initiatives. “
The current Johnston Memorial facility opened in 2011.
“Together, through this incredible partnership, we have built a successful hospital that has saved lives, served the community and was a source of pride for the region,” said Bill Hayter, President of the Wellspring Foundation. “We are proud of the relationship we have with Ballad Health, and we are grateful for their expertise, focus and commitment to high quality care for our families and neighbors. In all respects this partnership has been extremely successful and we are now ready for the next step in this relationship.
Johnston Memorial’s leadership structure will remain unchanged, as will its patient services.
Sean McMurray, senior vice president of market operations and service line integration and development at Ballad Health, will step down to accept the position of executive director of The Wellspring Foundation. McMurray, who was general manager of Johnston Memorial when the current facility opened, will step down from his current role on December 8.