NEWBERRY — Newberry County Memorial Hospital has welcomed Craig Cudworth, the now interim CEO of the hospital, following the promotion of Ron Vigus.
Born in Danville, Va., Cudworth comes from a military background, spending four years in the U.S. Air Force. Obtaining his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Cudworth then went on to inspect labs and hospitals for the Virginia state department.
“That’s when I really got interested in hospital administration,” Cudworth said.
Going on to complete his master’s in Healthcare Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Cudworth then went on to work for Carlion company, which owned six hospitals in Southwest Virginia. About this time, Cudworth also married his wife, Janie.
After working for Carlion company, Cudworth said he began working for the Hospital Corporation of America in Mobile, Ala., staying there until 17 years ago when he went to Quorum Health Resources, where he dealt with interim and permanent assignments for hospitals throughout the country.
Cudworth’s job with QHR assigned him into a permanent position in Dallas, Texas, working for a physician integrated company, until he decided that wasn’t the track he wanted to pursue. Instead, Cudworth said he rather enjoyed interim assignments.
“I like going to do what I can for hospitals,” Cudworth said.
With his job at QHR, Cudworth says he’s been in hospitals in Virginia, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, Nevada, Missouri, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Oklahoma.
“Each institution is unique,” Cudworth said. “The thread that binds them all together is the goal of providing quality healthcare.”
Recently, Cudworth was placed at NCMH, where he will stay until a permanent CEO has been placed there.
“Newberry Hospital is one of the best in our company (QHR),” Cudworth said. “I came to ensure a smooth transition from Ron Vigus’ promotion and will work with the board to find a good candidate for CEO.”
Cudworth said he anticipates to fill the CEO position by the first quarter of the coming year.
“The holidays slow the process down,” he said. “Newberry is a very good hospital, I’m glad to be here. They’re doing very innovative things to deal with the changes in healthcare.”
Cudworth describes the Newberry area as a mix between a college town and a little slice of history.
In his spare time, Cudworth says he enjoys riding bicycles, playing computer games, and reading. Together, he and his wife have two children, Sarah, 26, and Carter, 24. They also have two grandchildren.
Sarah is the director of the senate committee on health for the U.S. Senate in Washing, D.C., while Carter is in nursing school in Arkansas.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.