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Porter Hospital names North Carolina executive as new CEO

MIDDLEBURY — The North Carolina hospital executive who was tapped this week to succeed James L. Daily as president and CEO of Porter Medical Center has more than two decades of experience in health care administration plus almost 10 years as a registered nurse. Daily will retire this spring after 31 years in his role at the Middlebury organization.
Lynn Boggs has worked as senior vice president, System Operations, for Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., for the past 19 months and was also president and CEO of McDowell Hospital in nearby Marion.
June 1 is her projected start date at Porter, which she said she was drawn to after working in both smaller, independent and larger, system-based health care organizations.
“My preferred working environment is in a smaller hospital with much local-based decision making, and where the opportunity to get to know most employees, physicians and community members is possible,” she told the Independent.
“My first CEO position was in a setting very similar to Porter at Thomasville (N.C.) Medical Center,” she added. “I still have treasured friendships today that date back to my time in that community. My recent experience with McDowell Hospital and the surrounding community is one that will be difficult to leave because of the exceptional work outcomes and friendships. Both these positions are similar to Porter in size and community relevance.”
Her current employer, Mission Health, covers 18 counties in western North Carolina and was recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 15 Health Systems” in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics. McDowell Hospital, part of the Mission System, is a 64-bed hospital with a network of nine physician/mid-level provider practices.
“After a comprehensive national search for a new leader for Porter Medical Center, we are absolutely thrilled to have found an exceptional health care executive with more than 35 years of experience to help guide Porter Medical Center into the future,” said Porter Board Chair Bill Townsend in a press release.
Boggs will be the first woman to lead Porter, which was founded in 1925.
Among her many achievements at Mission Health, Boggs was successful in developing new services in the eastern counties of Mission Health’s service area and developing system-wide clinical contracts and services that supported a clinically integrated regional network of care. As president of McDowell Hospital, she successfully led the organization in improving quality, financial performance and patient satisfaction.
Prior to her senior leadership roles at Mission Health, Boggs served as executive vice president and COO for SSM Healthcare in St. Louis, a system that includes seven hospitals in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. While at SSM Healthcare, Boggs provided operational oversight for three hospitals, ambulatory and home health services, a 200-member medical group and 950 inpatient beds.
Before joining SSM Healthcare, Boggs served in a variety of leadership roles at Novant Health System in Winston-Salem, N.C., a nonprofit health care system serving more than 5 million residents from Virginia to South Carolina.
In addition to holding a Registered Nurse certification, Boggs has earned master’s degrees in business administration from Wake Forest University and master’s in science of nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina; and she is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“I look forward to the opportunity to join such an outstanding organization which has been serving the people of Addison County and surrounding towns for 90 years,” Boggs said in a press release. “During my visit to Porter earlier this month, I was deeply impressed by the strong commitment of the board, medical staff and employees to serving and caring for the community through excellent customer service and the delivery of high quality health care; and I am looking forward to both leading and working collaboratively as a team to take Porter forward.”
Although she has worked all of her career in the South and Midwest, Boggs said she was aware of the healthcare landscape in Vermont and called the work to update the healthcare system in the Green Mountain State “progressive.” She said she looks forward to participating in Vermont healthcare groups to continue that effort.
“I’m very impressed with Vermont’s focus on navigating healthcare reform and the important work of finding a financially sustainable model that supports access to care and healthy communities,” she said. “I believe Vermont has an opportunity to lead the country in solving this national dilemma, and am very honored to join the effort.”
She sees herself also making a contribution through her work at Porter.
“I have learned that relationships are key in making well-informed decisions, and that those same relationships bring joy and balance to work and life,” she said. “Porter offers a unique opportunity to actively work and participate in a smaller, quality-focused healthcare environment, a well-regarded community, and a progressive healthcare state philosophy. I was immediately attracted to this position!”
In April 2014, Daily announced his intention to retire from Porter by 2016. He took over the top job at Porter Medical Center in 1984. Under his stewardship, the hospital and its associated medical practices and nursing home, have grown considerably from a basic community hospital to a critical care medical center that includes sophisticated imaging/X-ray equipment, a modern birthing center, and a well-equipped surgical center.
Boggs acknowledged Daily’s legacy.
“I also want to acknowledge the tremendous accomplishments and legacy of Jim Daily over the past 31 years, and express my strong desire to build upon his hard work and ensure that Porter Medical Center continues to serve our community with the highest quality health care services,” she said.

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