DCH Chief Operating Officer to resign in July


By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick

DCH Health System announced Wednesday that Chief Operating Officer Paul Betz will resign on July 29.

Betz decided to pursue other career opportunities after serving with hospital administration since February 2018.

A statement provided by the hospital described Betz as “a driving force for change” whose management style focused on constant improvement.

Betz “was instrumental” in guiding the hospital through a 2019 ransomware attack, which saw the hospital operate on paper until computer systems could be restored, updating medical record-keeping to a digital system and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement continued Betz brought direction and leadership to a partnership with Capstone Health Services Foundation and IN Compass Health providing hospitalist services at DCH Regional Medical Center and Northport Medical Center in June 2021.

As reported by Patch, Betz’s resignation comes a month after hospital officials announced Katrina Keefer will succeed CEO Bryan Kindred when he retires on July 31.

Earlier this month, DCH Regional Medical Center received a “D” rating from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade, a nonprofit dedicated to transparency in American healthcare operations.

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