Isgett takes helm at McLeod Health
McLeod Health announced last week the promotion of Chief Operating Officer Donna Isgett to president and chief executive officer effective March 1, 2021.
Isgett takes on the role held by Rob Colones since 2002. Colones will continue with the 18-county health system as president emeritus, an advisory position to assist the new CEO while providing an historical perspective and guidance to the executive committee of the board of directors.
“I’ve spent the last year visiting our hospitals and teams on all campuses and all shifts, talking with everyone from clinical to administrative and environmental control people,” said Isgett. “I’ve seen the evidence of Rob’s work as a transformative leader, giving us a health system that’s tremendously visible in many communities, offering high quality care and sustaining a fiscally sound financial picture.
“It is a privilege and honor to accept this challenge and continue to move the organization through a new chapter of healthcare at this critical time in our industry.”
“Donna has the experience, skills and personal qualities needed to successfully address the issues of a complex and rapidly changing healthcare environment,” stated Colones. “Working with Donna for more than two decades, I can testify that she is data-driven, an agent of change and a collaborative partner.
Isgett joined McLeod Health in 1997 and currently as chief operating officer is responsible for the oversight of administrators at the seven McLeod hospitals. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and master’s degree in business administration from Duke University. She spent the majority of her clinical career as an emergency flight nurse. Since joining McLeod, she has served as senior vice president of corporate quality, helping McLeod gain a national reputation for quality of care, and has also had oversight of McLeod Physician Associates, a network of 90 physician practices stretching from the midlands to the coast.
Since 2013, Isgett served as a member of the South Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees and in 2020 was named board chair. She is also on the Coker University Board of Trustees. She served as co-chair of the 2005 Institute Healthcare Improvement Forum. Isgett has been the recipient of the Milliken Medal of Quality from the South Carolina Quality National Forum and the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Award from the South Carolina Hospital Association. She was a 2011 Liberty Fellow at the Aspen Global Institute.
“The South Carolina Hospital Association joins the McLeod Health family in celebrating this leadership transition,” said Thornton Kirby, president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association. “During his distinguished service as CEO, Rob Colones led McLeod Health on a journey to become a physician-led system with a national reputation for the highest quality of care. His humble leadership style has often allowed others to enjoy the spotlight, but Rob’s impact on the lives of Pee Dee residents will be felt for generations.”
Colones, a native of Sumter and a member of the McLeod management team since 1981, was appointed president and CEO in 2002. The McLeod Board of Trustees will undertake a national search, including consideration of outstanding internal talent, for a health care leader to fill the chief operating officer role.