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Douglas W. McNeill to Retire as Atrium President and CEO

Middletown, Ohio, December 6, 2010 – Atrium Medical Center announced today that Douglas W. McNeill will retire from Atrium at the end of December after nearly 20 years as President and CEO of the hospital and its predecessor, Middletown Regional Hospital (MRH).

During his tenure, McNeill reinvigorated the older community hospital financially, operationally and strategically. His vision led to the ideation and development of a Health and Technology Campus, including the innovative, patient-focused Atrium Medical Center.  

The Atrium Medical Center campus today houses a number of strategic partnerships with physicians, a freestanding surgery center, Dayton Children’s, the Atrium Family YMCA, a skilled nursing neighborhood with Otterbein Retirement Living Communities and an allied health care school – Greentree Health Science Academy – that will open in 2011 with numerous educational partners. 

“Doug McNeill is one of the greatest visionary leaders I know,” stated James Akers, chair of the Atrium Health System Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to recognize Doug’s passionate leadership, persistence and energy that led into being Atrium Medical Center and the health and technology campus on which it sits. We are forever indebted to Doug for all he has done to further top rated health care, education and job opportunities for the region.”

During McNeill’s tenure, Atrium Medical Center, which employs nearly 1,800 people and is among the largest employers in Warren and Butler counties, developed numerous new programs in cardiology, cancer, trauma, robotics and the neurosciences. An open-heart surgery program, expanded cancer services, a trauma center, interventional and neuroradiology services, a Primary Stroke Center designation, and, most recently, an accredited chest pain center are among the many program manifestations led from a compelling strategic vision for Atrium.

Patient volumes have doubled to nearly 250,000 annually, the medical staff has grown to more than 400 physicians and specialists, hospital employment has risen 30 percent and Atrium accumulated numerous awards and accreditations recognizing the improvements in patient outcomes and clinical quality:

  • First national recipient of the Ernest A. Codman Award for quality from The Joint Commission (1997)
  • Nova Award winner for innovation from American Hospital Association (1999)
  • National Top 100 Hospital ranking from Solucient (1998 and 1999)
  • Accreditation with Commendation from The Joint Commission
  • First hospital in Ohio to become ISO 9001-2009 certified
  • Numerous five-star ratings from HealthGrades, including a five-star rating for inpatient treatment of heart failure and heart attack in 2009 and the patient safety award in 2009
  • Highest levels of accreditation for hospital programs in cardiology, trauma, cancer, stroke and inpatient rehabilitation services

“On behalf of the hospital board and medical staff, I want to recognize the leadership that Doug has brought to our community and Atrium Medical Center, also lending his time and talent to many organizations throughout the community,” said Jeffrey S. Zollett, MD, chair of the Atrium Medical Center Board of Directors. “He has consistently worked to place Atrium in a position to offer the best possible care to our patients and we are most appreciative of his commitment and dedication over these many years.”

Active in Middletown and the surrounding communities, McNeill has served on numerous civic boards and committees, including those that promote economic development across Warren and Butler counties. Serving on boards of the local chambers and the Warren County Port Authority, McNeill helped secure $8 million in state and federal grants for road infrastructure improvements surrounding the I-75/122 interchange, as well as for demolition of the old hospital facility and abatement of its site. Active in local economic development, he contributed to a collaborative approach among the City of Middletown, Warren County, Butler County, Neyer, Inc. and Atrium Medical Center that attracted a LEED constructed professional office building, an assisted living facility, a VA outpatient center, a retail pharmacy and a HOSPICE facility to the area surrounding the Atrium Medical Center Campus – thus positioning the area and Atrium well for future growth.

“I have found very few individuals in my 40 plus years of board service who have exemplified the leadership qualities of Doug McNeill,” noted Jim Keys, vice chair of the Atrium Medical Center Board of Directors. “Doug is a rare leader with the class of a true gentleman. The entire Middletown community has benefited from his visionary leadership, and will miss him deeply. We all owe Doug our deepest gratitude, and wish him the best in his future pursuits.”

Over the next year, McNeill will spend more time in Colorado where he owns a home.

Atrium Medical Center Names Carol J. Turner As Next President and CEO.