Canady named permanent Holzer CEO

By Michael Johnson -

Dr. Michael Canady

Dr. Michael Canady

GALLIPOLIS — Holzer Health System has a new permanent chief executive officer.

Dr. Michael Canady, who has been serving as interim CEO since late September, was the unanimous choice of the Holzer Board of Directors in a decision that was made Oct. 26 and announced Tuesday morning via a press release.

“Dr. Canady is a dedicated physician and an excellent choice to lead the future of the organization,” Brent Saunders, Holzer’s chairman of the board, said in a press release. “Dr. Canady has over 20 years of service with Holzer, and his leadership experience made him the ideal choice. We look forward to working with him toward achieving our vision and a brighter future for Holzer.”

Canady takes over for Dr. Christopher O. Meyer, who was terminated as Holzer’s CEO on Sept. 23 because of “differences related to the direction of the organization.” Meyer had served as CEO for approximately 21 months.

According to a press release issued Tuesday, Canady joined Holzer Health System in 1995 after serving four years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated in 1985 from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, N.C., with a doctorate in medicine; completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Molecular Biology (1981) from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.; and earned his residency in general surgery (July 1985-June 1991) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.

While in the U.S. Navy, Canady was a staff surgeon at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C. (July 1991-June 1995).

Canady earned a Master of Business Administration from the Ohio University College of Business in 2001, and became a Certified Physicians Executive in 2014 through the American Association of Physician Leadership Certifying Commission of Medical Management Program.

Canady is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

“The future of Holzer is dependent on proving that we deeply care about each and every patient, living Dr. Charles Holzer Jr.’s dictum that ‘the patient is the center of all we do,’” Canady said. “We want to be the absolute best that we can be in all we do, providing the highest quality local health care possible for our family and friends, right here at home.”

Before becoming CEO, Canady held a variety of positions within Holzer Health System, including chief medical officer and medical director of surgery, as well as numerous committee leadership roles.

He and his wife, Kim, live in Gallipolis.

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By Michael Johnson

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