DCH Health System Announces Kindred Retirement and New CEO


TUSCALOOSA, AL — DCH Health System announced Friday that its longtime CEO, Bryan Kindred, will retire on July 31 after nearly four decades with the Tuscaloosa-based health care provider.

Keefer, who has 20 years of experience leading health care in Alabama and Georgia, said she plans to combine the skills and expertise she’s developed over her career to drive change. , continue to expand clinical services, strengthen engagement, and improve healthcare outcomes for patients in western Alabama.

DCH pointed out that during his tenure at Augusta University Health, Keefer oversaw a billion-dollar healthcare system comprised of an academic medical center, children’s hospital, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals at term as well as many outpatient clinics.

“I look forward to working with the DCH team and building on what they have already achieved,” she said. “As a public hospital system, DCH has unique challenges, and it is imperative that we have the support of our local government entities, managers and community leaders, as this is critical to success. From my perspective , working with these leaders will be a top priority to understand the challenges we face today, as well as those that will arise in the future.”

Keefer will assume his new role as CEO of DCH on August 1.

Originally from Georgia and raised in southern Alabama, she previously worked for 17 years in the UAB healthcare system, serving as Treasurer and Director of Financial Operations. DCH said she then became senior vice president and chief financial officer of UAB’s Montgomery affiliate, Baptist Health. She became CEO of Augusta University Health in 2019.

DCH also said Kindred, who has been CEO of DCH since 1996 and has spent more than 37 years in various administrative roles within the system, will remain in a consulting role to ensure a smooth transition.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished at DCH for nearly four decades,” he said in a statement Friday. “We have grown by leaps and bounds, bringing new and innovative care to our community, and becoming the destination for healthcare needs in western Alabama.”

DCH praised Kindred’s time in the healthcare system, as he oversaw the opening and operation of the system’s first cancer center, led the construction of the hospital’s medical tower for outpatient services and medical clinics, navigated the expansion of critical care and emergency departments, and secured an affiliation with the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“As a Board of Directors, we are extremely grateful to Bryan for his leadership and accomplishments at our facilities,” said Jim Harrison, Chairman of the Board of DCH Health System. “DCH wouldn’t be where it is now without Bryan’s tenacity and unwavering dedication.”

Kindred also said he looked forward to working with Keefer during the transition and expressed confidence in the future of the healthcare system under his leadership.

“I’ve been honored to work with the DCH team for so many years, and I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to do,” he said. “It is gratifying to be able to walk away and know that this institution will be in such good hands. I have personally known Katrina for many years and know that she will provide excellent leadership for DCH and be a tremendous asset to our community.”

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