Altmiller picked to lead Camden Clark Medical Center

Brings experience from hospitals, health systems around the country

PARKERSBURG — A veteran hospital executive has been selected as the next president and chief executive officer of Camden Clark Medical Center, following a national search.

Steve Altmiller, who most recently spent about four years as president and CEO of Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, Texas, was introduced Friday in a news release by WVU Medicine West Virginia University Health System President and CEO Albert L. Wright Jr.

“Steve is an exceptionally talented chief executive who will put his nearly four decades of health care experience to work for the betterment of Camden Clark Medical Center,” Wright said. “He’ll bring a fresh vision to the hospital and continue its upward trajectory and growth.

“Steve continues the trend of top administrative and clinical talent in healthcare wanting to come to West Virginia to be part of WVU Medicine and its hospitals and clinics,” Wright added.

Altmiller said the advantages of being a part of the larger WVU system and its academic and research resources are part of what attracted him to the job.

“It’s a nonprofit organization, and I love the work that nonprofit boards do and their ties to the community,” he said. “The fact that it’s tied to West Virginia University is amazing.”

Altmiller succeeds David McClure, who left Camden Clark earlier this year for a senior-level position with the WVU Health System. Karen Bowling has served as interim CEO since McClure’s departure.

Altmiller will begin his new role on Jan. 15.

“It looks like a great place to live,” he said.

According to the release from WVU Medicine, Altmiller’s leadership at Good Shepherd, a nonprofit, multi-hospital health system, resulted in the expansion of clinical services, growth in its medical staff and an affiliation with another Texas health system that enabled Good Shepherd to continue its charitable mission. Over the course of his career, Altmiller has held similar, senior-level positions at hospitals or health systems in Mississippi, New Mexico, Alabama and South Carolina.

“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to lead Camden Clark Medical Center,” Altmiller said in the release. “The vision that both Dr. Terry Capel (Camden Clark’s board chairman) and Albert Wright articulated energized me and convinced me that this was the right place for me.

“I’m grateful that they have the confidence in me to lead the hospital and help integrate it further into the WVU Health System. I’m also very impressed with the great work that’s already been done to make Camden Clark Medical Center such a critical community asset. I want to build on its many recent successes, and help take the hospital, and its team members, to new heights.”

In an interview Friday, Altmiller said he doesn’t have specific plans or changes in mind regarding the hospital at this point.

“I think the No. 1 priority is to learn and listen,” he said. “I’m going to be like a sponge, just learning.”

Altmiller said joining Camden Clark feels like joining a family.

“There’s a lot of pride in the facility and the people there and what they do,” he said. “It’s a very optimistic place.”

A Kentucky native who grew up in the Columbus area, Altmiller holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor of science from The Ohio State University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

His wife, Ginny, will join him in Parkersburg. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.