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Wright Named COO of Washington Regional Medical Center

On March 1, Birch G. Wright, MPA, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Hospital Administrator of Washington Regional Medical Center according to Larry Shackelford, President and CEO of Washington Regional Medical System. As COO, Wright will be responsible for hospital operations and strategic business development, providing day-to-day leadership that is aligned with the mission and core values of the organization.

Since 2018, Wright has served as Associate Medical Director and COO of the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks. He previously held various leadership roles within the VA Healthcare System including Business and Financial Operations Director and Chief Financial Officer. Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Social Work from the University of Arkansas in 1998 and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from the University of Arkansas in 2001.

Shackelford said, “We conducted a diligent search to find the right person to be our next COO. Birch is an experienced and talented leader with the right set of competencies. We are confident he will build on Washington Regional Medical System’s mission to improve the health of the community and provide a consistent focus on quality patient care. Wright’s experience as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award will be invaluable in our journey to demonstrate performance excellence using the systems perspective with our core concepts and values.”

Wright will replace Mark Bever, who is expected to retire in April after more than 15 years of service at Washington Regional.