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Lincoln Health System (LHS), a county-owned, non-profit health care system, announces Darrell Blaylock will become the health system’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective June 1, 2020. Blaylock brings over 30 years of health care management experience to the system, which includes leading hospitals in Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Currently, Blaylock serves as CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare Volunteer Hospital in Martin Tennessee.  In his seven years leading the 100-bed facility, he has led the hospital’s strategy to increase access to specialty care by recruiting several physicians including a cardiologist, two general surgeons, and internal medicine specialists.  In addition to his focus on increased access to care, Blaylock guided the facility as they worked to improve patient satisfaction as well as improved satisfaction for the employees and physicians serving the hospital.

“The Board of Trustees is confident in Darrell’s abilities. After eight months and over 400 candidates expressing interest in the CEO opening, Darrell’s understanding of the challenges facing rural communities paired with his experience and extensive operational background in strategically leading rural hospitals make him an excellent choice to lead our health system,” said Anthony Taylor, chairman of the LHS Board of Trustees.  “We look forward to a successful future of providing quality health care in Lincoln County under his leadership.”

“I am honored to be chosen to lead Lincoln Health System, grow services, and provide great patient care to Lincoln County,” said Darrell Blaylock. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, staff, and physicians and learning how I can serve them and this community in my role.”

Blaylock holds a Master of Health Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Mississippi College as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi.

Darrell and his wife, Tina, have four grown children and five grandchildren.  The couple is eager to move to this area to be closer to their family, and especially their grandchildren.  When not working, Darrell enjoys officiating high school football and basketball and is a member of the TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association).

Blaylock will be replacing Interim-CEO, Russ Spray, who came out of retirement in September to lead the health system.  Spray’s experience and leadership have better equipped the health system for the future and Lincoln Health System officials are grateful for his dedication to LHS as the system searched for a permanent CEO.   Spray has agreed to remain available as a consultant for the health system on an as-needed basis.

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