OLBH President Kevin Halter has made the decision to retire after a decade at the helm of both the hospital and the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System. His retirement comes after 15 total years in leadership positions at OLBH and Bon Secours.
Halter’s retirement is effective April 30. Jason Asic, chief operating officer of Mercy Health – West Hospital (Cincinnati), will serve as OLBH’s interim president. Halter first joined OLBH in 2004 as vice president of planning and operations before assuming his current role as president in 2009. Halter earned a master’s degree in health administration from Xavier University in 1987 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University.
Halter retires after more than 33 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare including experience in strategic planning, operations, business development and management engineering. He is a former chairman of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Board of Trustees and a former chairman of the Eastern Kentucky Healthcare Coalition, a coalition Halter was instrumental in forming. Halter has served as a member of KHA’s Certificate of Need Committee, chairman of the KHA Bluegrass Region, and is a past chairman of the Ashland Alliance.
During April Halter will work with Asic to ensure a smooth leadership transition for OLBH and the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System. Asic has worked at Mercy Health for more than eight years, the last three as chief operating officer for West Hospital, a 250-bed hospital serving Cincinnati’s west side. Asic earned his bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science from the University of Cincinnati, and began his career in health care as a medical technologist. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University.