Michael Ugwueke has been selected as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Ugwueke is currently senior vice president, Methodist North and South Hospitals. He will begin transitioning to his new role in January.
As chief operation officer, Ugwueke will provide strategic and operational leadership for the system's five adult inpatient hospitals and affiliated companies.
"Working with Michael these last several years, I know his commitment to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is rooted in a deep personal connection to our mission," said Gary S. Shorb, president and chief executive officer. "I know his leadership will be positive for the patients and families we serve."
Ugwueke said he was honored to have been chosen for the leadership role at Methodist.
"It is my goal to continue to focus on the important work we do for the health and well-being of the people we serve," said Ugwueke. "Guiding me will be my passion about patient- and family-centered care, building strong bonds with physicians, ensuring excellent clinical quality and fostering community wellness."
Ugwueke has a bachelor's degree in biology from Shaw University, a master's of public health from Emory University and a doctor of health administration and leadership degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Over the last 26 years he served in planning and operational leadership roles in health care organizations in Atlanta, Sarasota, Fla., Washington D.C., and the Chicago area.
Earlier this year he was named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.