Baton Rouge General/General Health System Announces New CEO


Baton Rouge, La. –
Baton Rouge General/General Health System’s Board of Trustees announced today its new President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Slyter, FACHE.  The 44-year old executive comes to Baton Rouge General with more than 17 years of progressive healthcare experience as a leader in  nationally recognized not-for-profit hospital systems throughout the South, including Baptist Health Systems-Jackson, MS, Baptist Health System-Jacksonville, FL and the Greenville Hospital System-Greenville, SC.  Mark is making the transition from his current role as President and CEO of Baptist Health Systems, a multi-hospital system including its flagship 650-bed regional tertiary medical center.

“Baton Rouge General’s Board leadership was committed to identifying a CEO who would embrace and elevate the culture of excellence our team has worked so hard to develop.  Mark Slyter's down-to-earth, diplomatic personality combined with his CEO experience in leading successful, collaborative teams on the journey of patient-centered, evidenced-based healthcare performance, were naturally fitting for Baton Rouge General and our community,” noted Janice Pellar, Acting Chair, Baton Rouge General/General Health System Board of Trustees. 

With a masters in health services administration from the University of Kansas, a fellowship from the American College of Healthcare Executives and a doctorate in progress in health services administration (University of Alabama, 2016), some of Slyter’s most notable achievements surround rigorous Lean Six Sigma patient care quality and performance improvement and innovative, evidenced-based leadership initiatives. 

“Slyter’s track record for inspiring and cultivating strong multidisciplinary teams of physicians and care providers, along with his depth of experience in quality and patient safety successes, will undoubtedly enhance our cultural journey, raising our bar to even higher level,” commented Dr. Evelyn Hayes, Baton Rouge General/GeneralHealth System’s Interim President and CEO. “We are enthusiastic about our bright future with Mark at the helm, building upon the fine reputation of our hospital system.”

“Baton Rouge General’s team is passionate about living our mission - keeping what’s best for our community, and the health and wellness of our patients and their families, at the very center of our focus.  Mark’s background reflects what we value and where we are heading, with a shared commitment to embracing the highest of standards for delivering exceptional, compassionate care,” noted Perry J. Franklin, Baton Rouge General/General Health System CEO Search Committee Chair.

Slyter, born and raised in Augusta, Kansas, a small town near Wichita, earned an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and a masters in health services administration from the University of Kansas where he also played football for the Jayhawks.  Mark attributes his appreciation for family values, faith and hard work as well as his love of playing sports and music to his parents.  His father was a high school football coach and talented craftsman, and his mother, a math/computer science teacher and pianist. 

Slyter and his family have always wanted to move closer to family, therefore the opportunity for him to lead a health system in his wife’s hometown was attractive.  Mark’s wife Lisa Hennings Slyter, is a St. Joseph’s Academy and LSU alum with a post-graduate degree in physical therapy with more than 10 years experience working with special-needs children.  The couple has been married six years and has two children Catherine (4) and Emma (2).

Slyter was named President and CEO of Baton Rouge General Medical Center/General Health System after a six month national search process conducted by Korn/Ferry International, following the retirement of Bill Holman who served as the organization’s President and CEO 12 years. His official start date is November 11, 2013. Dr. Evelyn Hayes is currently serving as Interim President and CEO.