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Barrow Regional hires new CEO

Former CEO, CFO of local hospital recently left for new positions

POSTED: June 11, 2014 12:00 p.m.
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New Barrow Regional CEO Chad Hatfield

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Barrow Regional Medical Center has a couple of new faces at the top.

The hospital recently announced the hiring of a new Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer to lead BRMC going forward.

Chad Hatfield replaces former CEO Todd Dixon, who had been at BRMC for a little over two years in the top leadership role.

Christine Poplawski, who was last in Spartanburg, S.C., also recently replaced former CFO Wayne Rowell.

The moves come four months after BRMC’s parent company Community Health Systems completed its acquisition of Health Management Associates.

Hospital spokesperson Emily Russell, who announced the hirings, said the changes at the top "don’t necessarily have anything to do with the new owners." She said both Dixon and Rowell moved on to different opportunities at larger hospitals.

Hatfield started at Barrow earlier in the month and brings over 15 years of experience from multiple healthcare positions. Before arriving at Barrow, Hatfield was the Chief Executive Officer at Plateau Medical Center in West Virginia for three years. Prior to that, he has served as an Associate Administrator at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, Director of Operations at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, and Administrator at two facilities in Virginia, according to the news release.

Originally from West Virginia, Hatfield holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Services Administrations and a Masters in Health Administration.

He also has a 5 year old daughter, Sophia, and said in the release that he enjoys training on and racing road bicycles, hiking and camping.

"With Hatfield’s experience in quality focused team building and leadership, Barrow Regional looks forward to the opportunity to continue to grow and serve the Barrow community under his leadership," the release said.

"I am excited about the opportunity to lead and work with the seasoned team of professionals at BRMC," Hatfield said.



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