MCE CEO committed to service

Medical Center Enterprise has a new chief executive officer and she is committed to serving the community.

That commitment to service was reiterated by MCE CEO Suzanne Woods as she addressed the room full of women attending the MCE-sponsored Healthy Woman lunch meeting May 4.

Woods has been in health care 22 years, serving most recently as CEO of Flowers Hospital in Dothan. She fills the post vacated by Health Phillips, who assumed the position of CEO at Flowers Hospital. Phillips worked at Flowers previously as chief operating officer in 2014 and 2015.

Under Woods’ leadership, Flowers Hospital grew physically and operationally through the addition of two floors, expansion of surgical services and establishment of a multispecialty practice with more than 30 physicians.

Under her leadership, Flowers received a 4-star rating on Hospital Compare and consistent recognition as a Joint Commission Top Performer.

Woods earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and her master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Birmingham.

Over a 22-year career at Flowers, Woods held multiple positions to include administrative resident, medical staff coordinator, vice president of professional services and chief operating officer before being named CEO in 2011.

As Woods assumes her new leadership role at MCE, she said she will focus on strengthening the hospital’s services in the community and identifying new synergies with Flowers Hospital to serve the broader region.

“I love taking care of other people. That is what health care is all about,” Woods said. “We take care of people when they are at their worse place and they are trusting us, as caregivers, with their most trusted possession: either their life or the life of their loved one.

“That is a high calling, it is a mission and the people who work at MCE are connected to that,” Woods said. “They are already connected to that or the hospital wouldn’t have the great reputation that it does have.

“I can assure you that every person who comes on board (at MCE) from here on out is going to hear that directly from me in their orientation,” Woods said. “They are going to know what our expectations are.

“I am the one who is honored and blessed to be standing here with you mighty fine women,” Woods told those attending the MCE-sponsored Healthy Woman lunch held at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. “We are going to do things right the first time and we are going to take great care of every patient that trusts us with their lives.

“I assure you of that,” Woods said. “I look forward to getting to know more about this fabulous town and community that has such a great reputation.”

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