Los Alamos Medical Center names John Whiteside CEO

Published By: LifePoint Health • 02/14/2017 5:58 PM


(Los Alamos, N.M. – January 27, 2017) – Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) announced today that John Whiteside has been named permanent chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Whiteside has served as interim CEO since August.

“Since joining the team in August, John has provided exemplary leadership and has quickly immersed himself into the community,” said Brad Owens, chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Health’s Western Group, of which LAMC is a part. “I am confident that John is the right person to lead the hospital forward, and I look forward to seeing the continued success and growth of LAMC under his leadership.” 

Prior to serving as interim CEO at LAMC, Whiteside served as COO of Mercy Regional Medical Center and Acadian Medical Center, a two-hospital system in Louisiana that is also part of the LifePoint Health system. There, he oversaw a multi-million dollar construction and expansion project that included a new MRI lab and cardiac catheterization lab; significantly improved physician satisfaction through an innovative partnership with a local radiology group; and successfully recruited a number of new specialty physicians to the hospitals. In 2015, Whiteside was also instrumental in leading Mercy Regional Medical Center to earn LifePoint’s High Five Award for operational excellence.

“It was a unanimous decision to make John our permanent CEO,” said Chuck McCullough, chair of LAMC’s Advisory Board. “We have been impressed with his strong leadership and genuine commitment to our community these past six months, and we are excited to have him in this role permanently.”

Prior to joining Mercy and Acadian medical centers, Whiteside served in numerous healthcare leadership roles including assistant administrator at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Fla., and area business leader for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Whiteside also served for 10 years in the United States Marine Corps, three of which he held the rank of Commanding Officer.

Whiteside has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., a master’s of business administration (MBA) degree from St. Leo University in St. Leo, Fla., and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and education, also from the University of Florida.

“This is such a special community, and I am so appreciative of the warm welcome that I’ve received from so many,” said Whiteside. “I am proud to call Los Alamos home and will do all that I can to make sure our community members continue to have access to the best possible care, right here close to home.”

About Los Alamos Medical Center

Los Alamos Medical Center, part of LifePoint Health®, is a 47-bed acute-care facility serving communities across northern New Mexico. The hospital provides complete medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric, emergency and diagnostic services. Its medical staff of 55 active, and another 40 consulting physicians, bring to the community a level of sophisticated medical technology and technique not common to small community hospitals. To learn more, visit http://www.losalamosmedicalcenter.com/.