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Friday, Oct 25, 2019

Russell County Hospital administrator announces retirement plans

Steve Givens has announced his decision to retire from his role of assistant vice president/administrator for Russell County Hospital. Givens plans to remain in his current position through year-end to support the leadership transition.

Givens has been with the organization for nearly 20 years, starting out as the chief operating officer for Johnston Memorial Hospital. Over the course of 11 years, he successfully improved patient satisfaction, quality and care and provided oversight for the construction of Johnston Memorial’s replacement hospital in Abingdon, Va.

Since joining Russell County in November 2012, Givens has helped grow the clinical capabilities and capacity of the hospital while improving its financial situation. Under his leadership, the hospital expanded oncology, surgical and behavioral health services, opened a new rural health clinic and attained AASM Accreditation for its Center for Sleep Disorders, all of which provide the community with better access to care.  Russell County also received national accolades for consistently providing high quality care. The hospital was recognized as a Top Health Performer by Schumacher Clinical Partners and as a Top Rural Hospital by the Leap Frog Group.

“I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by team members who have an unsurpassed work ethic, are committed to serving the community and focused on making sure our patients receive the right care,” said Givens. “It has been an honor to work alongside each of them to help improve the health and quality of life for our friends and neighbors. While the decision to retire is never easy, this is the right time for me personally. I know the hospital will continue delivering exceptional care in the capable hands of our caregivers.”

"On behalf of everyone in our organization, I want to thank Steve for his tremendous contributions and dedication,” said Greg Neal, president of Ballad Health’s Northeast Market. “He has brought skill, knowledge and unwavering commitment to his work, creating an operationally sound organization delivering the best possible care to patients.

“Though we are sad to see Steve leave, we fully support his decision to retire. He and his wife, Anita, will relocate to Lexington, Virginia, where they own a home with family nearby. We wish him the best with his retirement and appreciate his support for a smooth transition as we search for a successor.”