Unanimous Endorsement Follows Wide-Ranging Search for one of the Nation’s Largest Orthopaedic Institutions
Orlando, FL – Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic’s Executive Board has unanimously chosen C. Chad Wiggins as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Wiggins, who currently serves as Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky’s chief operating officer, will succeed Charles M. May, the current CEO, who is retiring June 30.
“After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of our world-renowned orthopaedic practice,” said Dr. Michael Jablonski, President of Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic “Chad has a track record of strong leadership in medical administration. This combined with his deep medical knowledge and executive tenure makes Chad uniquely qualified to lead Jewett Orthopaedic successfully into the future.”
The selection of Wiggins caps a year long search process facilitated after Charles May’s retirement announcement in 2016. May has served as chief executive officer since 2008. Under Charles’ administration, Jewett was awarded the “Best Practices” award in 2011 by Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and he has taken Jewett Orthopaedic to new heights and national recognition. A large initial prospect pool was narrowed by stages to a group who interviewed with the board’s search committee, and then to a final round who met with executive board leadership.
“Chad is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates,” said Dr. Craig Mintzer, chair of Jewett’s search committee and team physician for the Orlando Magic. “He’s been a successful executive in Cincinnati. Even more important, he’s a great fit with our diverse orthopaedic practice. We evaluated as part of our selection process: strategic agility, vision, and mission-driven orientation. We’re delighted that he’s accepted the position.”
“I’m honored, and I’m grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of leaders and pioneers in orthopaedic care — a true destination medical practice,” said Wiggins. “They have a strong history of innovation, and high quality personalized care, and a tradition that impacts the world far beyond Central Florida. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome.”
Wiggins, 46, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was a varsity football letterman at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia his Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chad has 20 plus years of experience in the field of medical administration working for a number of large specialty groups in Ohio and Kentucky. Previously, Chad served as the chief executive officer to Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky, the largest private-practice Radiology group in greater Cincinnati. Prior to that, he was the CEO to Freiberg Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine & Greater Cincinnati Orthopaedic Center. He serves on several organizational boards such as Xavier University MHSA, St. Stephen Catholic Church & Radiology Business Management Association. He and Kristy, his wife of 18 years, are eager and excited to call Orlando their home.
May thanked the physician executive board team for not allowing the search process to disrupt the organization’s operations or strategic activities. “Jewett’s executive board has done a remarkable job during this period of staying focused and moving forward,” said May. “The physicians can take justifiable pride in what they have accomplished over the last year, which is no less innovative and forward-thinking than the work that built this organization into the powerhouse it is today. Those efforts made our selection work easier, and allowed the process to go smoothly.”
For media inquiries, contact Allan Sansom, Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, at 407-643-1345.