On Friday, Michael T. Rust announced his plans to retire on December 31,
2019, after 24 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA). Rust leaves a long and impactful
legacy not only on the Association, but on all hospitals and health care in
the state of Kentucky.
Rust has led KHA through nearly two and a half decades of change in the
health care industry. Under his leadership, all the hospitals in Kentucky
have retained membership in the Association, helping them speak with one
common voice at both the state and federal levels.
“Mike has been an invaluable part of KHA during his tenure,” stated Jane
Wheatley, chair of the KHA Board and president of Taylor Regional Hospital
in Campbellsville. “He has enhanced the organization at every level and
been a unifying force for hospitals throughout the commonwealth. The KHA
Board and I are immensely grateful for his service.”
“It has been an honor serving KHA and the hospitals of Kentucky,” Rust
noted. “I have enjoyed my time with the Association and I’m proud of the
accomplishments we’ve made supporting hospitals and ensuring they can
continue to provide the highest quality care to all Kentuckians.”
The KHA Board will engage a search firm in early 2019 to find a successor.
To ensure the best possible candidate is selected for the position, a
national search will be conducted.
KHA's Vice President of Government Relations Sarah S. Nicholson announced
her retirement today. She has been a dedicated member of the KHA staff for
over 38 years. Throughout her entire career here, she has worked tirelessly
advocating at the state and federal levels to protect and advance Kentucky
The entire KHA staff and membership will miss working with Sarah, but we
know she is excited to enjoy her retirement with her family – especially
her grandchildren. We wish Sarah all the best on her new adventure.
Sarah’s final day with KHA will be later this year.
Kim Dees will be leaving the KHA staff at the end of June upon mutual agreement with KHA President Mike Rust. Dees has served for nine years as KHA’s Vice President for Health Professions. The loss of anticipated grant funding from an American Apprenticeship Initiative earlier in the year and dissolution of the Workforce Consortium last year eliminated funding support for the position. At the same time, Dees was investigating other opportunities she hopes to pursue that may continue to offer her the opportunity to interact with KHA members and nursing leadership, both in hospitals and universities.
Various responsibilities previously undertaken by Dees will be assigned to other staff.
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