Abington's Richard L. Jones, Jr. Announces Plans to Retire
Richard L. Jones, Jr.
Abington, PA (July 6, 2009) – Richard L. Jones, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Abington Memorial Hospital, has announced his retirement, effective January 31, 2010. "It has been my privilege to be part of Abington Memorial Hospital for the past 29 years, 11 of them as president and CEO," Jones remarked. "Although it is time for me to step down, I have every confidence that this organization will maintain its role in the Delaware Valley as a leading healthcare provider which diligently meets the needs of the communities we serve."
John Durham, chairman of the board of trustees of Abington Memorial Hospital commented, "Dick Jones has been an able leader who has kept Abington on the right path, guiding us with steady growth, upholding our commitment to the high level of care that is so important for our patients, and preserving our financial strength to ensure the future viability of this institution. We are most appreciative of that effort."
Durham noted that a search committee has been appointed by the board of trustees and that Witt/Keiffer, a national search firm, has been retained to assist them with the process.
"The search committee includes board members, members of the medical staff and representatives from the senior management team who will review both internal and external candidates. We believe that this process will ensure that the very best candidate is chosen for the organization," Durham said. It is expected that candidates will meet with the committee in late fall with a final selection made by the end of the year.
The vision and accomplishments of Jones in his role as president and CEO have positioned AMH for the future. During his tenure, the Lenfest Pavilion was built, adding more critical care services and bringing the hospital's total number of beds to 570. More recently, the organization acquired two hospitals: Warminster Hospital in 2007, which was converted to an outpatient campus and Central Montgomery Medical Center (now Lansdale Hospital) which was purchased in 2008 and is being maintained as an inpatient facility.
Under Jones' leadership, Abington Memorial Hospital has held the distinction of being one of the largest inpatient admitters in the Delaware Valley, and this year the Emergency Trauma Center is estimated to achieve 100,000 patient visits. Abington has been designated as a Magnet Hospital and earned the coveted Magnet Prize in 2008. In addition, the hospital holds distinctions for services by the American Stroke Association and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies. Jones played a key role in confronting the demands of the nursing shortage by leading an initiative to increase enrollment in the Dixon School of Nursing, a feeder school for Abington Memorial Hospital. In one year, $25 million was raised and enrollment in the school quadrupled, providing the hospital with a steady stream of qualified graduate nurses.