Providence Hospitals names interim CEO after George Zara’s retirement

Michael French has taken over duties as interim CEO at Providence Hospitals. (photo provided)

Michael French has taken over duties as interim CEO at Providence Hospitals. (photo provided)

Beginning Feb. 17, Providence Hospitals has a new interim CEO.

Officials announced Monday that Michael French will serve in the position while the search for a permanent CEO continues in the wake of George Zara’s retirement earlier in February.

French’s experience in the healthcare field spans the globe. He has worked as the president and CEO of Michael French & Associates, a health care interim management and consulting firm based in Roswell, Ga.; interim CEO of Universal Hospitals Group, an 11-hospital system based in Istanbul, Turkey; and managing director of Huron Consulting Group, a management consulting company offering services in the health care, education, law and finance industries.

He also worked in executive leadership roles at hospitals and management consultant firms across the nation.

“I am pleased to join the Providence leadership team and the thousands of talented employees and health care professionals of these two great hospitals,” French said. “Their clear commitment to providing the very best cardiac and orthopedic care in the state is energizing and inspiring.”

Providence Hospitals has expanded services in recent years through partnerships with South Carolina Heart Center and the Moore Center for Orthopedics. A $38 million renovation at Providence Hospital Northeast also wrapped up recently and created comprehensive orthopedic services at the facility.

“Every day, Providence continues to deliver a higher standard of care for the Midlands,” said Michael Kapp, chair of the board of directors of Providence Hospitals. “We have every confidence that Michael’s leadership will continue this ministry’s momentum in quality and excellence as we carry out the search for the next permanent president and CEO of Providence Hospitals.”

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