Pascasio out as CEO at Hancock Medical Center

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Robert Pascasio is no longer the chief executive officer of Hancock Medical Center.  A news release from the medical center's board of trustees announces his departure.  But, it doesn't say why Pascasio left the hospital just one year after being named CEO.

Hancock Medical Center's interim CEO will be Craig Cudworth.  His first day on the job is Monday.

Don Smithburg is a hospital representative.  "Our goal is to provide a seamless transition of leadership, giving the Board and QHR important time to evaluate future executive leadership for the Hospital," he said. "As a seasoned interim leader, we are confident that Craig Cudworth will provide HMC with outstanding leadership in this interim time period."

For more than 30 years, Cudworth has served in interim CEO roles and senior leadership positions throughout the South.  He most recently served as Interim CEO of Tippah County Health Services in Ripley, Miss., another QHR-managed facility at the time.  Prior to that assignment, Cudworth was vice president of operations for USMD, an integrated health system in Irving, Texas.  Under his leadership, USMD was named as one of Modern Healthcare's "Top 100 Places to Work in Healthcare" in 2012.  A  Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), he received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

QHR will conduct a national search for a permanent CEO for HMC, working closely with the hospital board to find the best candidate for the hospital and community.

"Our reconstruction project at Hancock Medical is wrapping up and our community has an incredible facility moving forward," said Board of Trustees President J. Larry Ladner. "We look forward to the addition of Mr. Cudworth to lead our staff and we will be diligent in our efforts to find our permanent chief executive officer for the long term."

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