RRH appoints new chief operating officer 

Jennifer Eslinger

Regional Health has appointed nationally recognized health care executive Jennifer Eslinger as its new president of health care operations and chief operating officer (COO). She joins the organization Sept. 12. 

Eslinger has been in the industry for more than 25 years, and has vast experience establishing, growing and managing complex, efficient hospital and health system operations. She has worked extensively in both for-profit and nonprofit health care sectors.

Most recently, Eslinger served as president of Henry Ford Health’s Wyandotte and Downriver market in Wyandotte, Michigan, where she had financial, operational and strategic responsibility for a 401-bed teaching hospital, off-campus free-standing emergency department, ambulatory surgery center, inpatient behavioral health hospital, inpatient acute rehabilitation hospital, long-term acute care, and more than 20 ambulatory clinic sites. Strategic growth and operational initiatives implemented under Eslinger’s leadership led to the financial turnaround of the Downriver market in just a few short years.

“I had the opportunity to work with Jennifer at Henry Ford, and witnessed first-hand her remarkable talents and enthusiasm for modernizing the health care delivery model in innovative ways that yield consistently excellent results for patients, employees, and the area communities served,” said RRH CEO Richard “Chip” Davis, PhD.

A native of Georgia, Eslinger earned her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.