UPDATED: Suzanne Woods out as Flowers Hospital CEO


WDHN News has learned from multiple sources that Flowers Hospital will part ways with CEO Suzanne Woods. It’s a position she has held since 2009.

Woods first took over in an interim role that year before the interim tag was taken off in 2011. Before that she worked at the hospital for 16 years in a number of roles. 

Flowers Hospital is owned and operated by Community Health Systems out of Franklin, TN.


Woods will now take over the reigns of Enterprise Medical Center. Current EMC CEO Heath Phillips will take over at Flowers. 


Enterprise, Alabama (May 2, 2017) – Effective today, Suzanne Woods leaves her position as Chief Executive Officer at Flowers Hospital to assume the CEO role at Medical Center Enterprise, while J. Heath Phillips makes the reverse transition from CEO at Medical Center Enterprise to CEO at Flowers Hospital. The two leaders have worked collaboratively since 2014 when Phillips joined Flowers Hospital as chief operating officer.
Suzanne Woods
Woods established a strong record of effective leadership at Flowers Hospital, where she grew facilities and services to support a sustained record of quality care for patients and the community. Over 22 years, she held many positions at the hospital, including administrative resident, medical staff coordinator, vice president of professional services and chief operating officer before being named CEO in 2011.
Flowers Hospital grew physically and operationally during her tenure through the addition of two floors, expansion of surgical services and establishment of a multispecialty practice with more than 30 physicians. She created an environment where medical staff and employees work collaboratively to provide quality care for patients as demonstrated by Flowers’ 4-star rating on Hospital Compare and consistent recognition as a Joint Commission Top Performer honors in pneumonia, surgical care, heart attack care and acute myocardial infarction. As Woods assumes her new leadership role in Enterprise, she will focus on to strengthening the hospital’s services in the community and identifying new synergies with Flowers to serve the broader region.
Woods earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Birmingham Alabama.
Heath Phillips
Phillips is now serving as CEO at Flowers Hospital, having previously worked at the hospital as chief operating officer in 2014 and 2015 when he helped to establish Flowers Medical Group and support recruitment of more than 20 physicians to the community and medical staff. Last year, he accepted the promotion to CEO at Medical Center Enterprise where he quickly established strong working relationships with the board of trustees, employees and the medical staff. He will continue work underway at Flowers Hospital to expand neurology and neurosurgery services, build on strong surgical and cardiovascular services and grow the base of primary care physicians.
Phillips brings more than a decade of healthcare leadership experience to his new role, having previously served as CEO and COO at hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Alabama and Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
About Medical Center Enterprise Medical Center Enterprise is a 131-bed progressive, acute care hospital offering a full range of health services to Enterprise, Ft. Rucker, Coffee County and surrounding areas. Skilled professionals and technology come together to provide patients compassionate, customer-focused care. Key services include obstetrics & gynecology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging with digital mammography, general surgery, physical therapy, family/internal medicine and senior care. In addition, Medical Center Enterprise operates Enterprise Express Care located on E. Lee Street. Medical Center Enterprise is located at 400 N. Edwards Street in downtown Enterprise, Alabama. For more information call 334-347-0584 or visit MCEHospital.com.

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