Andy Woodard to assume Forrest Health leadership

After a decade of service and leadership, Forrest Health Board of Trustees has approved a succession plan for Evan Dillard for the post of president and chief executive officer of Forrest Health. Andy Woodard, Forrest Health’s current chief financial officer, will replace Dillard beginning in January 2019, and the two leaders will work together closely to ensure a smooth transition at that time.
“We are most grateful for Evan’s service and outstanding contributions to Forrest Health,” said Rick Preusch, Forrest Health board chairman. “Under his leadership, Forrest Health has become the top performing health system in Mississippi with a defined path for continued growth and success. In this very thoughtful and deliberate succession plan, the Board of Trustees feel confident the leadership transition will be seamless for one of our community’s most prized organizations.”
Woodard who will assume Dillard’s role has worked in various leadership positions at Forrest Health since 2001.
 Along with his role as CFO, Woodard has been instrumental in leading the Forrest Health team’s strategic plan for many years.
 In his time at Forrest Health, Woodard has helped the system maintain its strong financial footing in the south Mississippi region. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and a certified public accountant.
The Board of Trustees is confident in the selection of Andy Woodard to be the next great leader of Forrest Health,” said Preusch. “He is a native son and the finest young healthcare executive in the region.”
 In this deliberate succession program, Dillard will first step down from his role as president beginning Oct. 1, 2017. At that time, Woodard will take on the role as president with Dillard maintaining his position as CEO. During the next 17 months, Dillard and Woodard will share senior leadership duties and will work together to ensure a smooth executive leadership transition.       
“Forrest Health has been my home for many years,” said Woodard. “I am thankful for Evan and all that I have learned from his leadership over the years. I am proud of what we’ve built together and am excited for what the future has in store for Forrest Health and the communities we serve.”
Dillard will continue his duties as Board Chair of AAA Ambulance, Executive Committee of the Mississippi Hospital Association, Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association and Chairman of the Pinebelt Area Development Partnership.