BR General, health system hires CEO

Mark Slyter, president and CEO of Baton Rouge General/General Health System
Mark Slyter, president and CEO of Baton Rouge General/General Health System

The Baton Rouge General Medical Center and parent company General Health System have hired as their president and chief executive officer Mark Slyter, who is president and CEO of Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, Miss., including its 650-bed regional medical center.

The 44-year old executive, whose wife has family ties to Baton Rouge, has more than 17 years of health care experience as a leader in not-for-profit hospital systems in the South, including Baptist Health System in Jacksonville, Fla., and the Greenville Hospital System in South Carolina.

Slyter’s start date at the General is Nov. 11. Until then, Dr. Evelyn Hayes will continue to serve as interim president and CEO.

Slyter’s selection follows a six-month national search conducted by Korn/Ferry International following the retirement of Bill Holman, who served as president and CEO of the hospital and health system for 12 years.

Last week, the General said its 15-member search committee had narrowed a list of about 150 candidates from both local and national pools of executives to 10 finalists.

“Baton Rouge General’s board leadership was committed to identifying a CEO who would embrace and elevate the culture of excellence our team has worked so hard to develop,” said Janice Pellar, acting chairman of the Baton Rouge General/General Health System board of trustees. “Mark Slyter’s down-to-earth, diplomatic personality, combined with his CEO experience in leading successful, collaborative teams on the journey of patient-centered, evidence-based health care performance, were naturally fitting for Baton Rouge General and our community.”

Slyter, born and raised in Augusta, Kan., a small town near Wichita, earned an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology and a master’s in health services administration from the University of Kansas, where he also played football for the Jayhawks.

He has a master’s in health services administration from the University of Kansas and a fellowship from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The General said Slyter and his family wanted to move closer to family in Baton Rouge. His wife, Lisa Hennings Slyter, is a St. Joseph’s Academy and LSU alum with a post-graduate degree in physical therapy and 10 years experience working with special-needs children.

Baton Rouge General Medical Center has 527 licensed beds at its two campuses in midcity and on Bluebonnet Boulevard.

The General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine.

It also offers a family medicine residency program, internal medicine residency program, sports medicine fellowship program, school of nursing and school of radiologic technology.

General Health System subsidiaries include Baton Rouge General Physicians, Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Foundation and other affiliates and programs providing care and services to residents of the capital city’s nine-parish region.