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Bolivar Medical Center announces new CEO

7/11/2008

CLEVELAND, MS. - A healthcare veteran with 18 years of experience, Wes Sigler has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for Bolivar Medical Center (BMC), effective July 14.

"Wes has strong credentials and will be an excellent fit for our community," said Ben Bailey, Chairman of BMC's Board of Trustees. "He is a native of Mississippi and we are delighted that he and his family will be making their home in Cleveland.  We look forward to getting him on board."

Dr. Michael Portner is BMC's Chief of the Medical Staff:  "Wes is a good fit for Bolivar Medical Center and Cleveland and is a good choice on many levels.   He was born in Mississippi and earned his master's degree here.  His healthcare experiences have been in hospitals and communities similar to ours.  He should have no trouble picking right up and moving us forward with very little transition time."

Sigler has a proven record in fostering strong relationships and creating strong community ties.  Currently he is serving as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Southern Tennessee Medical Center (STMC), a 150-bed, acute-care hospital on two campuses, located in Winchester.  Prior to joining STMC in 2006, he was COO/Administrator at Lakeland Community Hospital, a 50-bed hospital in Haleyville, AL, for four years.  He had previously served the facility - when it was known as Burdick West Medical Center - as Chief Financial Officer for four years.  These facilities are sister hospitals to Bolivar, all being a part of LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.

"Wes is a results-oriented leader whose team-building skills and passion for excellence will be appreciated by Bolivar's physicians, employees and community," said Robert Klein, President of LifePoint's United Division.  "At his last two facilities, Wes played a significant role in enhancing satisfaction for both the medical staff and employees.  He has a proven track record and a commitment to quality."

"Bolivar Medical Center is an outstanding resource for the community and region," Sigler said.  "I am excited about working with such an impressive group of physicians and employees as well as about becoming a part of this great community."

Sigler has received a number of awards, including being named a "Health Care Hero" by the Alabama Hospital Association in 2005.  The annual award recognizes the dedication and compassion of healthcare workers, who are making a real difference in the lives of others.   A past president of the Haleyville Rotary Club, he is also a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow.

Sigler earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama, and a master's degree from Mississippi State University.  Born in Starkville, MS, Sigler will be moving to Cleveland with his wife Gina, daughter Emily, 13, and son Alex, 11.

Sigler replaces Steve Nichols, who has served as Bolivar's CEO since 2006.   "We appreciate the leadership role Steve has played at the hospital and in the community, and wish him the very best," said Klein.

Bolivar Medical Center is a 165-bed acute-care general hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, which offers a full complement of medical and surgical services.  The hospital includes a 14-bed skilled nursing facility and a 35-bed nursing home.

LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. is a leading hospital company focused on providing healthcare services in non-urban communities. Of the Company's 48 hospitals in 17 states, 44 are in communities where LifePoint Hospitals is the sole community hospital provider.

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