Kevin Cook, FACHE


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Medical Group

Kevin Cook is COO of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. He is responsible for the system’s operations, including its five regions and IT. Previously, he served as CEO of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson from 2015 to June 2020. He was originally hired by UMMC in 2013 to serve as CEO of its adult hospitals. Working in tandem with the associate vice chancellor for health affairs, Mr. Cook was responsible for University Hospital, Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants, Wallace R. Conerly Critical Care Hospital, Batson Children’s Hospital, UMMC Holmes County, UMMC Grenada, and all UMMC-owned ambulatory clinics. Before joining UMMC, Mr. Cook spent eight years with Cincinnati-based Mercy Health. There, he served as a regional CEO, market CEO and hospital COO. He has also worked for Triad Hospitals in Mississippi.

Before his career in hospital operations, Mr. Cook worked as a Six Sigma engineer with Caldwell Butler and Associates and as director of operations at the Premier Innovation Institute. Mr. Cook earned his undergraduate degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1991 to 1999, rising to the rank of major. Mr. Cook has been a featured speaker on the use of Six Sigma in healthcare for Pfizer’s Quality Forums Series and has served as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Reliability Series. He is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.


CEO Panel on Successful and Unsuccessful Margin Improvement Approaches (CEO-Only Session)

Presented by Kevin Cook, FACHE, Patty White, FACHE, Todd Smith at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, March 24th.

This scheduled 2020 ACHE Congress session resulted in 318 registered attendees, a response that reinforces the urgency to increase operating margins as one of the top three strategic mandates of any U.S. CEO for the last three or more years. New methods have been tried. Old methods have been retried. Mergers have promised to solve…