Drake Center Leadership Announcements

UC Health Announces Leadership Changes At Drake Center,
Appoints Terry Dunn Executive Director

Cincinnati, OH – May 11, 2011 Karen Bankston, PhD, Drake Center’s Senior Vice President, announced today that she will step down as that hospital’s chief executive at the end of June. Bankston has served the system for 21 years in a variety of leadership positions: she initially served as Assistant Administrator at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and later became the hospital’s Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Operations. She then served as Vice President of External Affairs for the Health Alliance before being appointed the chief executive of Drake.


“Karen has been a catalyst for positive change and has provided steady leadership since she became Drake’s chief executive in 2005” said James A. Kingsbury, UC Health’s President & CEO. “She has worked tirelessly to strengthen the hospital and position it for long-term success. The UC Health board members and I are extremely grateful for her tremendous work and passion for Drake, its patients and mission.”


In announcing her departure, Bankston stated that her “goal was to ensure a new identity for Drake Center, something I have proudly accomplished. Our recent membership in UC Health begins an era of stability and strength for Drake, and we will benefit greatly by being linked to this powerful brand in our community. Likewise, our recent agreement with HealthSouth will allow Drake to focus on the long-term acute care services for which it is known, create an improved financial picture for our organization, and ensure more rehabilitative services for the community. I’m ready to move on to new and different challenges.”


“Dr. Bankston has guided Drake through a series of daunting challenges,” said Kevin Flynn, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Drake Center.  “We have relied on her tremendous leadership and creative problem solving skills to move Drake forward and to preserve Drake as a community asset.  Karen, you will be missed,” Flynn added.


Bankston has held a number of high-level leadership positions in her 30-year healthcare career and is considered a community icon when it comes to healthcare issues and addressing the healthcare needs of the poor and underserved. She founded the Center for Closing the Health Gap and also serves on numerous local boards. She served nationally as an advisor to the American Hospital Association and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

With her departure, UC Health also announced the appointment of Terry Dunn, FACHE, Drake’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), as Executive Director of Drake Center. Dunn, a highly accomplished professional with more than 20 years experience as a healthcare manager and consultant, has served as a member of Drake’s senior management team since 2005 and was appointed COO in 2009. Dunn is board certified in healthcare quality (CPHQ) and a Six Sigma Black Belt; he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky.


About UC Health

UC Health includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked the best hospital in the region by US News and World Report; West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati’s newest hospital; Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premier provider of long term acute care; UC Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest specialty practice group with 650 board-certified clinicians and surgeons; the Lindner Center of HOPE, the region’s premier mental health center, and  the UC Cancer Institute, the UC Cardiovascular Institute, the UC Neuroscience Institute and the UC Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com.


About Drake Center

Drake Center, a member of UC Health, is the region’s premier provider of long term acute care offering a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services including medically complex care; outpatient rehabilitation services including physical, occupational and speech therapy; diagnostic services; skilled nursing; assisted living; wellness services and research. Drake Center provides expert services for conditions requiring pulmonary/ventilator weaning and advanced wound care. For more information, visit www.DrakeCenter.com or call 513-418-2500.     


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UC Health

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