The Jackson County Healthcare Authority has named John D. Anderson as Interim CEO of Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro, effective Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Anderson has over 30  years of senior level healthcare experience and will serve in the role for 4 to 6 months to help the Authority assess the hospital’s operations, as well as assist in securing a permanent CEO. Huntsville Hospital Health System will provide support to the hospital and Mr. Anderson during this period.

“We needed more experience in hospital management, and [Anderson] brings 30 years of experience,” said chairman of the Jackson County Healthcare Authority Bob Matthews.

Anderson retired in 2019 as administrator of Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz, a position he held since 2002. He currently resides in Guntersville. Previously, his career included hospital leadership roles in Georgia, Louisiana and Selma (AL).

He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Alabama- Birmingham where he earned a master’s degree in health administration. Anderson is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Matthews said former Highlands CEO Dr. Lonnie Albin will remain with the hospital as the Chief Medical Officer. Matthews said Albin stepped down “a few weeks ago.”

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