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Infirmary Health Chief Operating Officer Elected to Statewide Office

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Infirmary Health Chief Operating Officer Elected to Statewide Office

Montgomery, Ala. - Joe Stough, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Infirmary Health, was recently named chair of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA). The election was held at the Association’s annual meeting.

“Joe has been a strong leader of the Association for many years,” said Donald E. Williamson, MD, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “His dedication to ensuring good care for patients is unsurpassed, and we look forward to the positive impact his leadership will have on our Association and its members.”

Stough chaired the AlaHA State Regulatory Committee and served as the Southwest Regional Hospital Council President, a member-at-large of the Board of Trustees, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Board. He has also participated as an active member of the Data Task Force, State Legislative Committee, Psych Workgroup, Federal Legislative Committee, and Insurance Exchange Workgroup.

He began his career in 1997 as an administrative fellow at the Medical College of Georgia and later held a leadership position at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham before being named chief operating officer of Mobile Infirmary. Stough has been a part of the Infirmary Health system for 15 years and oversees the day-to-day operations and strategies for the system’s three acute care hospitals, one post-acute care hospital, two rehabilitation facilities, two freestanding emergency departments, three ambulatory surgery centers, clinically integrated network and other affiliates.

In addition to his hospital service, Stough has been active with the American Heart Association, Kid One Transport, the Alabama Foundation for Oncology and the March of Dimes. He has served as a board member of LifeSouth and has chaired the March for Babies campaign in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Stough earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and master’s degrees in both business and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2016, Stough became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Founded in 1921, the Alabama Hospital Association is a statewide trade organization that assists member hospitals in effectively serving the health care needs of Alabama, through advocacy, representation, education and service.