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October 12, 2021

Marshall Medical Centers’ Hospital President Announces Retirement

October 7, 2021 – Cheryl Hays, President of Marshall Medical Centers, has announced her plans to retire within the next six months after serving in the organization’s top leadership position since May 1, 2020. Prior to becoming president, Hays held positions – including Chief Operating Officer for MMC and Administrator at Marshall Medical Center North - since 1999.

Roy Rollings, Marshall Medical Centers’ Board Chair, stated, “Our hospital system and our community have been blessed to have had a leader like Cheryl. We were fortunate she assumed the responsibility when Gary Gore retired as CEO after more than thirty years, and she has skillfully led our organization through one of the most difficult times in the history of healthcare.”

“The employees, medical staff and volunteers at Marshall Medical Centers are truly special” said Hays. “I am grateful to have been a part of a team who shows compassion, an incredible depth of knowledge and genuine concern for our patients every day. Because of them, Marshall Medical Centers can look forward to a bright future.”

According to Jeff Samz, CEO, Huntsville Hospital Health System, a search will begin immediately for Hays’ replacement.  “In the coming months, we will work with the Marshall Medical Centers’ Board, the current leadership team and the medical staff to find and select Marshall Medical’s next president.  We are thankful to Cheryl for her willingness to be a part of the transition.” 

Rollings and Johnson Appointed to At-large Seats on Huntsville Health Care Authority

Additionally, the Huntsville Health Care Authority is pleased to welcome Roy D. Rollings of Guntersville and Janice H. Johnson of Huntsville as at-large members of the governing board of Huntsville Hospital Health System.

Rollings is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and partner with the Gateway Group, LLC of Guntersville. He is the current chairman of the Marshall County Health Care Authority. Rollings is a graduate of the University of Alabama and was named Guntersville’s Citizen of the Year in 2019.

Also, the Marshall County Health Care Authority announces the selection of Dr. Jenna Carpenter, DO, to replace Dr. Donald Slappey on the Marshall Medical Centers LLC Board. Dr. Carpenter is a board-certified pulmonologist working with Pulmonary & Sleep Associates of Marshall County since 2014. She lives in Guntersville with her husband and two sons.

Now retired, Dr. Slappey joined Marshall Medical Centers in 1981 as the first OB/Gyn specialist. He was invited to be a member of the Board in 2006.  He served actively through March of 2021, a term of fifteen years.