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Votruba Named Board Chair at St. Elizabeth

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Board of Trustees has elected Dr. James Votruba as its new Chairman of the Board. He follows Ted Robinson who completed his term as Chairman and will step down after ten years.
Votruba, the former president of Northern Kentucky University, has served on the St. Elizabeth Board since 2012. During that time, St. Elizabeth has been named one of 
America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades, recognized as a Top Performer by Joint Commission, and received the highest hospital safety score for all three of its main hospitals by the Leapfrog Group. In 2012, St. Elizabeth Healthcare became the tenth member to join the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network.
Dr. Votruba is President Emeritus and Professor of Educational Leadership at NKU, a campus he led from 1997-2012. He is a frequent lecturer, author and consultant in the areas of higher education leadership, strategic planning and public engagement. In 2010, he chaired the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Board of Directors. He also co-chaired Vision 2015 which developed a comprehensive strategic plan for the Northern Kentucky region.
“The Board is extremely confident on the future of St. Elizabeth Healthcare,” said outgoing Board Chair Ted Robinson.  “Jim will continue to set high standards necessary to achieve superior patient care local residents expect and deserve. His experience and leadership abilities fit very well for the current and future growth of St. Elizabeth Healthcare.”
Joining Dr. Votruba are new board members Debbie Simpson, President and CEO of Multi-Craft Litho Corp.; Tillie Hidalgo Lima, President and CEO, Best Upon Request; and Robert Zapp, President and CEO of The Bank of Kentucky. Roger Peterman, Partner with Peck Shaffer and Marsha Croxton, Executive Director of the Women’s Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky joined the board in mid-2014.
“It’s an honor to follow a leader like Ted Robinson,” Votruba said. “In the midst of enormous health care repositioning and change, St. Elizabeth has made remarkable progress in assuring access to the highest levels of quality healthcare for the citizens of our region. At this point in my life, I make very deliberate decisions about how I spend my time. I ask myself two questions—is the work important and do I have something of value to contribute? St. Elizabeth sits at the very heart of our region’s future. I believe that the Board of Trustees has a vital role to play in the partnership with the St. Elizabeth leadership team as we chart an ambitious future on behalf of the public whom we serve. This work is important and I hope to contribute where I can.”
As the governing body of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the Board of Trustees approves strategic plans to establish the long-term direction and safeguard the mission and values of the 154-year old organization.
Staff report
Photo: Dr. James Votruba (provided)