Meet the Board
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Meet Senior Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
Martin Padgett joined Clark Memorial Hospital in 1997 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005, bringing with him more than 24 years of experience in healthcare finance and administration. Prior to joining Clark Memorial’s leadership team, Padgett served as Director of Finance at St. Claire Medical Center and as a senior accountant at Ernst & Young, LLP.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Padgett holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration degree from Morehead State University. Padgett holds a CPA certification, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, an adjunct professor at Spalding University, a co-chair for the Patient Safety Coalition-South Central District, and serves on numerous local boards, including YMCA of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College.
Chief Financial Officer
Kirk Strack joined Clark Memorial Hospital in 2002 as Director of Finance and has served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer since 2005. Strack worked for Ernst & Young, LLP as a senior advisory professional and then a manager from 2000 to 2002. Prior to that, he worked for Health Management Associates, Inc. as an Associate Executive Director/Operations-COO in 2000, Assistant Executive Director-Assistant Administrator from 1999 to 2000, and Assistant Executive Director/Finance-Assistant CFO from 1998-1999.
A native of Amsterdam, N.Y., Strack holds an undergraduate degree in healthcare management from the University of Alabama and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Kentucky. Strack is a Fellow in both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, a guest lecturer for the University of Alabama Health Care Management program as well as the University of Kentucky Master of Health Administration program and is active in the community as a member of the SafeKids Coalition of Jefferson County and a Board Member for the Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana.
Chief Nursing Officer
Kathy Neuner joined Clark Memorial Hospital in 1996 as the Orthopedic Service Line Director, has served as Vice President of Inpatient Clinical Services since 1998, and was appointed Chief Nursing Officer in 2011. Kathy began her career at Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Ky., as a medical surgical nurse and, throughout her career she continued to take on additional responsibilities along the leadership track.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Neuner graduated from Norton Memorial Infirmary, Louisville, KY in 1976 with a diploma as a registered nurse. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1986 from Bellarmine University, Louisville, Ky., and a Master of Science degree in nursing in 2002. In 2013, Kathy achieved her Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Kathy is active on several local university advisory boards and serves on the Planning & Governance Board for Hosparus.
Chief Operating Officer
Ruth Schmidt joined Clark Memorial Hospital in 1998 as Director of Surgical Services and has served as Vice President of Outpatient Clinical Services since 1999. Schmidt began her career at Jewish Hospital as a staff nurse before proceeding to a number of leadership roles including Director of Surgical Services and as nurse manager in the Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery Center.
A native of New Albany, Ind., Schmidt earned an associate degree in nursing in 1980 from Indiana University Southeast, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1988 from University of the State of New York and is currently completing a Master of Business Communication degree at Spalding University. She maintains her certification in Perioperative Nursing, is a member of the Association for Operating Room Nurses, serves on the Indiana Hospital Association Council on Workforce Development and as board member and past board chair for the YMCA of Southern Indiana.
William Templeton, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
William Templeton, M.D. joined Clark Memorial Hospital as Medical Director in 2008. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Templeton served in a number of physician, quality and infection control advisory roles for many area hospitals, including Clark Memorial Hospital, Hardin Memorial Hospital, Baptist Hospital East and Baptist Hospital Northeast. Dr. Templeton maintained a private practice in Infectious Diseases/Internal Medicine in Louisville, Ky. from 1982 to 2002.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Dr. Templeton earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and completed his medical education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and his postgraduate training at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Templeton is a member of the American College of Medical Quality, Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and the American Association for Physician Leadership.
Back row – Pam K Thompson (ex-officio), Le Anne Kruer Scott (ex-officio), Jody Fitzpatrick, Roger Fisher (ex-officio), Eric Ballenger, Mark Ketterer, Debbie Meyer (ex-officio), Jane Riehl, Marty Gutmann (emeritus), Martin Padgett (ex-officio)
Front Row – Jay Conner (Past President), Kevin Waiz (Vice President), Andrew Takami (President), Don Allen (Treasurer), Betty Quillet (Secretary)
Missing from photo – Brittany Blau, Elmer Hoehn (emeritus), Paul Perkins, Melissa Wilson.”
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