Mountain Health Network Announces Paul English Smith, Interim CEO

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Mountain Health Network and Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Directors announce the departure of Chief Executive Officer Mike Mullins, effective today, to pursue other opportunities.

“Mr. Mullins has served our system well as CEO for the last two years,” stated Beth Hammers, chair, Board of Directors for Cabell Huntington Hospital and Mountain Health Network. “He has led the system’s integration, delivered on planned synergies, and provided structure and stability through the historic pandemic. Additionally, Mullins has been focused on strategic opportunities, such as the purchase of HIMG in 2020. The Board thanks Mr. Mullins for his contributions and wishes him well in his future endeavors.” 

To provide continuity, the Board of Directors has named Paul English Smith to lead as Interim CEO for Mountain Health Network and President of Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center. Mr. Smith has been General Counsel of Mountain Health Network since 2019. Prior to his system position, he served Cabell Huntington Hospital as Vice President and General Counsel for over thirty years. He has extensive experience in healthcare law, insurance and hospital operations. Smith will assume Mullins’ duties while the Board proceeds with conducting the selection process for the next CEO. Further details on this transition will be provided as the information becomes available.

“During this time of transition and change, we have confidence in our senior leadership and the vision of our Board to continue to deliver on the Mission of Mountain Health Network of improving the well-being of all we serve through understanding, respecting and meeting their health needs,” stated Hammers. “While we have accomplished much over the past few years, we will have many more opportunities to continue meeting our community’s needs. On behalf of the Board, I’m pleased to share that the system is well-positioned for the future and thank the community for their support.”