Robert Henger, CEONorthwest Medical Center on Monday, June 17, welcomed well-known healthcare executive Robert Henger as CEO of the hospital.

Mr. Henger was originally hired as CEO of Northwest Medical Center by Dr. Robert Carraway in 1995 when the hospital was owned and operated by Carraway Medical Center of Birmingham. During his ten years as CEO the hospital became a regional medical center serving patients from the three-county area. A new hospital was built in 1998 along with a Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. The Cancer Center, owned and operated by Dr. Shelby Sanford, was also constructed on the hospital campus. Later a Physician Office Building and Assistive Living Center were constructed on the north side of the campus. Also, Northwest Hospital was the first rural hospital in Alabama to be approved to purchase an MRI unit. While the hospital grew in service and patient volume, the medical staff also grew to include Primary Care Physicians, Pediatrics, OB/GYN Physicians, General Surgeons, Cardiologists, Emergency Medicine Physicians and Radiologists. Sub-specialists in Podiatry, Orthopedics, Urology and Dermatology rounded out Medical Staff Services.

Primary Care clinics were built or established in Sulligent, Guin, Carbon Hill and Detroit.

One year before Mr. Henger retired, the hospital was sold by Carraway Hospital to a for-profit rural healthcare system in Nashville, TN, Lifepoint, Inc. After leading the hospital through its transitional year under Lifepoint, Mr. Henger retired to Birmingham at the end of 2004. Three different times during the ten-year ownership by Lifepoint he returned for short stays while a new CEO was recruited. Fifteen years after retiring, Mr. Henger is again employed as the CEO at Northwest Medical Center to jump start the hospital under City ownership and affiliation with St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham.

Mr. Henger stated, "There is a saying, 'You can't return to the past.' That's not my intention. I care about this hospital and this community and I look forward to working with a great medical staff and so many outstanding employees at Northwest. With them, I am certain our future will be brighter than our past."