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UMC announces Ehtisham as new CEO

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 Saad Ehtisham Saad Ehtisham has been named Chief Executive Officer of University Medical Center, officials announced Thursday.

Ehtisham most recently served as Senior Vice President Clinical Operations & Chief Nursing Officer of Via Christi Wichita Health Network, a 1,150-bed not-for-profit Catholic Health Care Network in Wichita, Kan.

Now entering his 20th year in healthcare service, he has also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for Medical Center of Southern Indiana, Charlestown, Ind.; Chief Operating Officer for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky.; and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer for West Mesa Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

“At UMC, I look forward to being part of a hospital with such a rich tradition, and to working hand in hand with the talented physicians on the medical staff who have served this community for so many years,” Ehtisham said. “We want University Medical Center to be the hospital that Lebanon and Wilson County deserve. I am very eager to begin working toward that goal and getting to know all of the citizens, leaders and organizations that will be our partners in that process.”

"I have sincerely enjoyed being part of the University Medical Center team and the community. I will always value the friendships and professional relationships I developed during the past four years. My family and I will continue to live in Lebanon. I wish Mr. Ehtisham the wonderful experience and success that I have enjoyed during my tenure at UMC.  Wilson County is very fortunate to have a terrific hospital to serve this and surrounding communities,” said Vince Cherry, who is leaving the post of chief executive officer at the hospital after serving in that capacity for some four years.

Cherry is being assigned by Health Management Associates, the corporate owner of UMC, as a special projects administrator.

Ehtisham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where he received the Outstanding Young Alumni award. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Master’s of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. 

Ehtisham’s organizational affiliations include Governor appointed member of the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma, appointed member of the Kansas Hospital Association Council on Health Delivery, appointed member of the Kansas Hospital Association Education Council, Work Force Alliance of South Central Kansas and Midwest Transplant Network Advisory Board. His extensive community involvement includes work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Haven House (Shelter for Battered Women). He is an Honorary Commander 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, as well as a number of other local, regional and national organizations. 

Ehtisham and his wife, Tracy, are relocating to Lebanon and said they are looking forward to becoming involved in the community. 

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