Kevin Cook joined the Medical Center as the CEO of the UMMC adult hospitals in 2013 and was elevated to his current role in September 2015. Working in tandem with Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Charles O’Mara, Cook is responsible for the strategic leadership of the UMMC Health System, including University Hospital, Wiser Women and Infants Hospital, Conerly Critical Care Hospital, Children’s of Mississippi, UMMC Holmes County and UMMC Grenada, and all UMMC-owned ambulatory clinics.
During his time at the Medical Center, Cook has focused on enhancing the efficiency and improving the quality of the clinical enterprise. He has a leading role in the development relationships with other hospitals, providers and other health care-related entities. Before joining UMMC, Cook spent eight years with Mercy Health based in Cincinnati. While with Mercy, he was a regional CEO, market CEO, and hospital chief operating officer serving in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. His prior experience also includes working for Triad Hospitals in Mississippi. Before his career in hospital operations, Cook worked with Caldwell Butler and Associates as a Six Sigma engineer and as director of operations at the Premier Innovation Institute.
Cook earned his undergraduate degree from Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University. He served in the Marine Corps from 1991 to 1999, rising to the rank of major. Cook has also been a featured speaker on the use of Six Sigma in health care for Pfizer’s Quality Forums Series, served as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Reliability Series, and is now on faculty with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Cook is married and has four children. His hobbies include fishing, hunting and running.