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Interim administrator at Cox Monett sees hospital challenges continuing

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tom Luthy has taken over as interim administrator at Cox Monett Hospital. Luthy assumed his duties Nov. 15, succeeding Greg Johnson, who left after 12 years as administrator.

Luthy grew up in Lebanon and graduated from Missouri State University. He has a masters degree in health administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

"I came to CoxHealth following training in St. Louis at Acension Health, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S.," said Luthy. "Prior to taking this role, I have overseen the operations of CoxHealth's 63 regional physician clinics for the past nine years."

Luthy did not anticipate an extended stay in Monett. He said he could leave as soon as a permanent chief executive officer is hired.

"I have big shoes to fill," Luthy said. "My priorities as interim administrator are to continue the good work and strengthen the medical services offered by attracting additional physicians to Cox Monett."

The Monett hospital has left a strong positive impression on its new administrator.

"I would not hesitate to have my family treated in a facility with physicians and staff as capable at what I have seen here at Cox Monett," Luthy said. "There are opportunities to update the facility, but the first priority is to maintain high quality of healthcare."

Looking ahead, Luthy said rural hospitals like Cox Monett face financial pressures as their main concern. The national shortage of physicians will continue to challenge hospitals as well.

"There will be a greater reliance in the future on an integrated delivery system, such as CoxHealth, to support small hospitals," Luthy added.

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