SoutheastHEALTH Hires New CEO

December 15, 2014

Kenneth_BatemanSoutheastHEALTH System Board of Directors has appointed Kenneth W. Bateman, CPA, MHA, as the healthcare organization’s new President and CEO, effective Dec. 15.

John Thompson, chairman of the System Board, announced the hiring in the Harrison Room at Southeast Hospital. The Board unanimously approved the hiring.

Bateman has an extensive record of leadership as a CEO, and proven performance in financial growth, quality and delivering timely results in renowned hospitals and health systems.

Known as a collaborative administrator, Bateman has broad and diverse expertise as a CEO, Thompson said. Bateman specializes in building synergistic relationships with physicians, board executives and leadership of stand-along organizations as well as matrix environments common with large systems.

“Kenneth’s visionary leadership will greatly benefit SoutheastHEALTH as we welcome an experienced and committed business strategist whose combined skill set provides a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities of navigating healthcare reform,” Thompson said.

“I’m confident in Ken and look forward to working closely with him and others on the leadership team to articulate our vision and position the organization for future viability in the challenging healthcare landscape. He is the right leader at the right time for SoutheastHEALTH,” Thompson said.

Prior to joining SoutheastHEALTH, Bateman served as chief executive officer at Somerset Medical Center, in Somerville, N.J., and prior to his CEO tenure, he served as CFO at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. He’s spent his career in healthcare leadership and financial executive roles with various for-profit organizations and not-for-profit hospitals and systems.

Bateman said, “I am eager to join SoutheastHEALTH and begin working with a dedicated group of professionals whose main goal is providing the best healthcare services for patients in the community. I look forward to working with the executive leadership team to continue to have SoutheastHEALTH be the premier healthcare organization in our region.”

Kenneth and his wife Pamela have one child, Eric, who attends Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where he is studying Business. The couple will live in the Cape Girardeau area.