Brenda Waltz, former CEO, left Rome earlier this month to become CEO of Garden Park Medical Center, an HCA facility in Gulfport, Miss. She had served as CEO at Redmond for the past six years.
Ulmer, Redmond’s chief operating officer, came to the hospital four years ago from Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga.
“There’s a wonderful heritage here that started 35 years ago,” Ulmer said. “Our cardiology department and the relationships we’ve developed with the Harbin Clinic have helped lay a foundation that makes Rome and Floyd County the health care mecca that it is today.”
Prior to joining Hospital Corporation of America in 2001, Ulmer was employed at Harbin Clinic as program director of the Vitality Center and then director of industry relations.
Ulmer said that at this time, he does not consider himself to be a candidate to replace Waltz. “I do have interest, or plans, to take that next step as a CEO at some point in the future,” Ulmer said. “HCA as a company has a history of grooming its leaders and officers, and I’m sure they will provide a wonderful selection of candidates for the Redmond position.”
Ulmer said Larry Kloess, president of the TriStar Division of HCA, which oversees Redmond, has met with the Redmond Board of Directors as well as its Medical Executive Committee and community leaders to keep them aware of what was happening in the process of selecting a new CEO.
Ulmer serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Rome-Seven Hills Rotary Club and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council of the Campbell School of Business at Berry College. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Residency Program.
Ulmer and his wife Lisa have three children, live in the Armuchee community and attend the Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church.