Harrodsburg hospital has new chief
Victoria Reed is the new chief executive officer at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg. (Erich Ruehs Photo)
Reed succeeds Earl Motzer, longtime CEO who retired.
She has entered her new position with the understanding that change is not only necessary in the medical field but inevitable. “The biggest challenge for Haggin, or any community hospital, is balancing the many demands of providing high quality health care with financial realities,” she said.
“Health-care reform will bring additional challenges, including increased regulation, increased demand for quality, and increase in consumerism and a decrease in reimbursement.”
Sandy Murphy, a registered nurse and discharge planner who has been with Haggin for the last 18 years, believes Reed will “bring a new perspective and energy to our facility.”
“Change can be scary,” said Murphy, “but in the short time Vicky has been here, she has already brought a new sense of renewal to me in my position.”
Reed apparently has made a smooth transition into her new job.
“Everyone’s been very welcoming, and there is a great positive energy here,” said Reed, who refers to her staff as, “incredibly caring and dedicated.”
One of Reed’s new co-workers is Pam Vinyard, who not only is the medical staff credentials coordinator but also Reed’s executive assistant.
“I essentially work side-by-side with Dr. Reed eight hours a day,” said Vinyard, “and can tell you that her high energy lends itself to a level of excitement in the workplace that’s contagious.”
Vinyard, like Murphy, worked with Reed’s predecessor and found it difficult to say goodbye. “I have a great respect for Dr. Motzer and all he accomplished. I’m proud to have assisted him for the past 13 years,” said Vinyard. “That said, I am very excited to be a part of Haggin’s new chapter, and believe Dr. Reed to be the perfect choice to succeed Dr. Motzer.”
Reed’s educational background includes a doctorate in health-care administration from the Medical University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in health-care administration from IONA College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
She also has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield in her home state of Connecticut, along with an associate’s degree in nursing from Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Conn.
Reed is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is board-certified in health-care management.
But despite her academic endeavors, Reed takes great pleasure in her recreational outlets, which she refers to as “pet therapy, massage therapy and retail therapy.”
Reed gives a big laugh when she says, “That’s part of what keeps me cool, calm and collected.”
And apparently the “therapy” works, as co-workers often comment on her optimistic outlook. “Dr. Reed promotes such a positive atmosphere,” notes Vinyard. “I can’t wait to see what new and wonderful things she has in store for the Haggin team.”
Reed’s husband, Ed Markunas, a retired aerospace engineer, is finishing up work on the couple’s 1872 Queen Anne-style Victorian house in Indiana.
“Ed has one more room to finish before we put the house up for sale,” said Reed.