CCMC CEO King retiring

PARKERSBURG – The man who’s overseen a period of significant growth and change for Camden Clark Medical Center is stepping down.

The hospital announced Tuesday that President/CEO Mike King is retiring, effective June 30. David K. McClure, executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named interim CEO until a permanent candidate is found.

“This is an exciting time to be in health care,” King said in the hospital’s release. “I retire with the satisfaction of knowing that I did everything I could to advance patient care, and I am confident that the medical center is positioned to move ahead in the future.”

King came to then-Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in 2000, after 23 years in various executive capacities at Charleston Area Medical Center. He served as Camden-Clark’s chief operating officer until 2007, when he was named president and CEO.

In 2011, he became president and CEO of Camden Clark Medical Center, when CCMH merged with St. Joseph’s Hospital. King listed the creation of a “single, unified hospital system in Parkersburg” as his proudest accomplishment.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell noted that was a move that drew criticism from some circles but was necessary as the area could no longer sustain two major hospitals.

“He’s a guy that stood up to the criticism,” Newell said of King. “He took the bull by the horns, did what needed to be done. … It takes a strong person to do that, and I hope the next person has his strength.”

Also during King’s tenure, the south tower at Camden Clark’s Memorial Campus was constructed, the hospital’s internal medicine residency program and transition to teaching hospital status were started and the Women’s Center, critical care intensivist program, Endocrine and Diabetes Center of Excellence and Camden Clark Primary Care were developed. The Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center was acquired, and Camden Clark Physician Corp. has grown significantly during that time as well, the release says.

“Camden Clark continues to be a vital part of health care in the Mid-Ohio Valley and a vital employer and community asset thanks to the leadership and direction of Mike King,” said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for Camden Clark. “He leaves this facility much improved and, perhaps more importantly, ready for the challenges that lie ahead.”

Jill Parsons, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, said King has been a valuable contributor to that group as well.

“As CEO of one of the largest employers in our community, he has been a wonderful advocate and supporter of the … chamber, sponsoring events, encouraging the leadership team at Camden Clark to get involved with the chamber, authoring legislative position papers, supporting the Partner in Education program, just to name a few of the many contributions he has facilitated for the mutual benefit of both of our organizations and the community,” she said in an email. “We wish him well during his retirement.”

Highmark West Virginia President Fred Earley has worked with King in his capacity as head of the insurance company and through the Wood County Development Authority/Area Roundtable organization.

“I’ve enjoyed working with him as well as others on his team at Camden,” Earley said.

That team includes McClure, with whom Newell said the city also has a good working relationship.

“The community and the hospital staff should have every confidence in the new leadership,” Brunicardi said. “Dave McClure not only brings a wealth of health care experience to this position but he’s been an integral part of the leadership team at CCMC for many years. He knows health care, he knows Camden Clark, and he knows our community.”