Michael Kozar
Michael Kozar
New leadership takes over at Carroll County Memorial Hospital as the transition from one chief executive officer to another takes place this month.

Carroll County Memorial's new Chief Executive Officer Michael Kozar isn't new to the healthcare business - he's worked in hospitals large and small for the past 30 years.

Kozar has held top administrative roles in hospitals around the country, including chief executive officer and regional vice president for Quorum Health Resources, where he oversaw several hospitals in three states for more than 10 years.

Since 2010, he was chief operations officer for Advanced Radiology Services of Grand Rapids, Mich.

"I worked with a lot of hospitals similar to Carroll County Memorial," Kozar said of his career over the last several decades.

Even though Quorum Health Resources was a large corporation, his work as a regional vice president kept him connected to smaller healthcare systems in rural parts of the South. But after almost two years of overseeing the operations for one of the largest physician-owned radiology practices in the country, Kozar was ready to get back to what he's known most of his career.

"I wanted to get back into the day-to-day operations of the hospital," Kozar said.

He also said that he was looking for a change after commuting from his home in South Carolina to Michigan on a weekly basis for the past two years to allow his son to finish high school in South Carolina. He said his family will move to the Carrollton area.

Kozar said he doesn't plan extensive changes at the hospital. He plans to build upon the hospital's previous achievements, and said he hops to grow the organization and build the hospital's services.

"The hospital has a lot of successes," he said. "My goal is to build upon the foundation that is here."

Kozar said he wants to become involved in community organizations. A hospital's success, he said, depends on a community, just as much as a community depends on a hospital. He sees his job as more than just running a healthcare center.

"I think part of the role of the CEO ... is to be a leader in the community," Kozar said.

Dennis Raisor, chair of the hospital's Board of Directors, made the announcement of Kozar's hire earlier this month after a nationwide search.

"Mr. Kozar is a strong, strategic leader who will be an effective collaborator with our hospital leadership and employees to best serve our patients, their families and our community," Raisor said in a release announcing the hire.

Kozar's first day at the hospital was Jan. 15. He replaces Kanute Rarey, who announced his retirement in August 2012. Rarey served as the Carroll County Memorial Hospital's chief executive officer since November 2007.

"I think there are a lot of great things happening here," Kozar said. "Myself and my family are looking forward to being a part of the community."