“I am excited to be a part of this vibrant community, and very appreciative of the welcome and support I am receiving as I get out and meet people,” Alward said.
Alward’s prior experience includes more than 23 years with the U.S. Air Force Medical Service and numerous community hospitals. He served as chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer at Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.
Englewood Community Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area, contributing more than $34 million to the community in 2011 including taxes, salaries, wages, benefits, local vendor support, capital investments and uncompensated care, Alward said. He projects 2012 to be similar.
“Having a leader is important,” Pace said. “It’s really exciting to have the new CEO and start on new programs.”
Alward said there are some areas that need work in the next few months, but he is looking to build on great service.
Those areas include neurology, cardiology, orthopedics and surgical services.
“We recently added new or expanded services in the areas of neurology, electrophysiology, nephrology, vascular, pulmonology, gastroenterology, hospitalist and (the) emergency department,” he said.
Key to success will be retaining support and trust within the community and with the physicians, Alward said.