The WellStar board is scheduled to appoint Maddox, who currently serves as vice chairwoman, to the top spot at its Aug. 24 meeting.
Maddox is the first woman to head the board that governs the more than 12,000 employee WellStar Health System.
“There’s been a little bit said about being the first female, but really, what you would want is a seamless transition, and a seamless transition for any organization means that everything is working the way it should, and it means that people are doing their job day in and day out,” Maddox said.
Maddox also expects to see continuous improvements begin made.
“I have family members that are fighting cancer,” said the grandmother of seven. “I have little babies that need great checkups and the best pediatricians in town when they get sick. I want that for my family. I want that for your family, and I want it for everyone’s family, and that really is what our team of great administrators, the board, and these 12,000 employees everyday, that’s what they strive to do. I have to tell you, I am absolutely so proud to work beside these people. I’ll gladly and humbly take over the leadership, but really it’s a working beside servant led organization, and I am very proud to be associated with that.”
Since the board chairman serves a two-year term, Bentley is stepping down, but will remain on the board.
There are currently 15 board members. The board must have a minimum of 12 members and not exceed 22 members.
Bentley, who lives in Kennesaw, said he is particularly proud of the Paulding County hospital groundbreaking in Hiram, a $135 million hospital scheduled to open in April 2014 with 56 beds and a capacity to expand to 112 beds. Another point of pride is the $29 million Acworth Health Park, on Cobb Parkway and Cedarcrest Road. The three-story, 70,000-square-foot building includes urgent care, physician practices and comprehensive medical diagnostics such as imaging, lab, pre-admission testing, cardiac and a sleep lab. The first floor opens Monday, and the rest of the building is to open at the end of August.
There is also the $35 million Kennestone Outpatient Pavilion at Church and Tower roads in Marietta that opened last year. WellStar expanded to meet the needs of its growing community by relocating Outpatient Surgery, Women’s Imaging and several physician offices to the new space.
Bentley said another source of pride is what is becoming a Level 2 Trauma Center in November 2011. A Level 1 Trauma Center is the highest level and is usually associated with a teaching hospital, like Grady. Level 2 Trauma Centers such as the one at Kennestone can provide all of the same trauma and specialty medical services as a Level 1, but lack the research facilities.
“I’m very, very proud of the Board of Trustees,” Bentley said. “During this last two years they worked hard in making sure that WellStar kept its path in delivering world class health care, and we had a lot of things that we accomplished, so we’re very, very excited about what has happened.”
Signing a $170 million contract with EpicCare, which will be rolled out in 2013, is another recent accomplishment.
“EpicCare is going to allow us to have a single patient record across our entire system, anywhere from the physician’s office all the way to the patient’s home through a handheld device,” Bentley said. “You know how many times you’re filling out insurance forms or you’re meeting with a doctor that you have to try to recall what’s happened in the past? Instead, we’re going to have it written there.”
WellStar also saw the hiring of a new CEO, Reynold Jennings, under Bentley’s chairmanship.
“It’s been very exciting what we’re headed into, and we’re in good health, our financial health is good during these tough economic times, and how much I must tell you that I always want to step up as an organization,” Bentley said. “We certainly stepped up by electing Janie Maddox into this position.”
Maddox, who lives in Marietta with her husband, John, has served on the WellStar board since 1998. She retired from Post Properties, Inc. after 32 years with the company, serving as senior vice president of external affairs. She was also executive director of the Post Hope Foundation.
Maddox is a member of the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees. She previously served on the board of directors for the Good Samaritan Health Clinic, is past chair of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce; and was the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s education committee chair.
WellStar operates three hospitals in Cobb, including its flagship facility, Kennestone, plus two others in Douglas and Paulding counties. The Medical Group owns about 350 doctors’ practices, and those doctors are among about 1,200 doctors with privileges in the WellStar system.
The nonprofit reported a fiscal year 2011 bottom line of $178 million.