Matt Smith, CPPS, Named CEO of Bourbon Community Hospital

Published By: LifePoint Health • 07/24/2017 12:01 PM


Paris, Kentucky (July 18, 2017) – Bourbon Community Hospital (BCH), which is part of LifePoint Health's Central Kentucky East Market that also includes Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC), announced today that Matt Smith, CPPS, has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of BCH, effective immediately. Smith, who has been serving as interim CEO since May, replaces Joe Koch, CPPS, who was recently promoted to market president of Meadowview Regional Medical Center and Fleming County Hospital, both of which are also part of LifePoint Health.

"There isn't a better person to take on this important role than Matt," said Robert Parker, market president of the Central Kentucky East Market and CEO of CRMC. "He is a strong leader; he knows the Kentucky healthcare landscape inside and out; and he is deeply committed to keeping quality care close to home. I really look forward to working with him to build an even stronger regional healthcare delivery system that will enable us to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier.

Smith most recently served as the chief operating officer (COO) at Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Winchester, the other half of the Central Kentucky East Market. There, Smith oversaw daily operations for the 79-bed facility and managed more than $12 million in capital projects, including the design and construction of a 45,000 square-foot medical office building. He also led numerous quality initiatives for the hospital, performed leadership training for employees that significantly improved the hospital's culture of safety and engagement (CoSE) results, improved physician satisfaction from the 20th percentile to the 90th percentile in just 17 months and helped the hospital earn three consecutive High Five Awards from LifePoint.

"On behalf of the board, we are thrilled that Matt has accepted this role and this challenge," said Wallace Brooks, chair of BCH's board of trustees. "Our interactions with Matt thus far have been terrific, and we look forward to working with him in the future."

A long-time member of the CRMC team, Smith also served four years as assistant administrator and seven years as director of physical therapy at CRMC. Prior to Clark Regional, he spent two years as director of business development and marketing for Professional Rehabilitation Associates in Richmond.

"I have really enjoyed spending these last few months at BCH," said Smith. "We have an incredible team of people, who work day in and day out to provide exceptional care for our community members, and I'm proud to be a part of that. I look forward to getting even more plugged into the Paris community and finding new ways that our hospital can improve the overall health and well-being of our region."

Smith has a bachelor's and master's degree in healthcare management, as well as associate's degrees in arts and allied health. He recently became a certified professional in patient safety (CPPS) and is an active member of the Lexington Young Professionals Association and the Chamber of Commerce.