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CoxHealth announces the promotion of one longtime employee and the retirement of another.
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CoxHealth announces the promotion of one longtime employee and the retirement of another.

CoxHealth promotes exec to president of Springfield hospitals

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Last edited 8:56 a.m., Oct. 21, 2021

CoxHealth promoted executive Amanda Hedgpeth to president of the health care system's Springfield hospitals as another longtime employee exits.

Amanda Hedgpeth, a 16-year employee who currently serves as vice president of hospital operations, is slated to move into her new role on Feb. 11, 2022, according to a news release. She'll succeed the retiring Karen Kramer.

"I am deeply grateful for the opportunity CoxHealth has given me," Hedgpeth said via email. "It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of such an accomplished professional as Karen Kramer, who has invested time and energy in this organization and me personally."

Hedgpeth, a member of Springfield Business Journal's 2020 class of Most Influential Women, has led efforts at CoxHealth to improve patient access to care, expand urgent care facilities and launch the Innovation Accelerator that welcomes operations ideas from employees. She started her career as a budget analyst at CoxHealth in 2005, and she's also served as vice president of clinical services, assistant vice president and director of budget management.

Kramer is retiring from CoxHealth after more than three decades in health care. The responsibilities of Kramer's additional roles as senior vice president and chief hospital officer will pass to Hedgpeth, as well, said spokesperson Randy Berger.

“Karen’s dedicated service to CoxHealth has had an immeasurable impact on our organization’s culture, as well as our ability to improve the health of our communities,” said Max Buetow, system chief operating officer over hospitals, in the release.

Hedgpeth's duties as vice president of hospital operations will be distributed among other vice presidents on CoxHealth's leadership team, Berger said.

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