Laura Grill, who is marking 25 years of service with East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) this week, has officially been appointed to succeed Terry Andrus as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Following about 18 months of due diligence, the EAMC Board of Directors selected Grill to be the CEO-in-waiting at their April 2017 meeting.
Grill will take on additional responsibilities in October 2017, and then assume full CEO responsibilities on October 1, 2018—the start of a new fiscal year for EAMC.
Grill, who is a registered nurse and who came to EAMC as the director of cardiology in 1992, has served as executive vice president since 2007. She will become only the seventh CEO in the hospital’s history, which dates back to 1952.
Andrus became CEO in 1984. While he will officially retire with 38 years of service in October 2018, he will serve as president emeritus in an advisory capacity.
During the 20-plus years that Andrus and Grill have worked together in Administration, the organization has achieved many notable accomplishments. These include being named by Fortune magazine as one of the Top 100 Places to Work; being named a “key performer” by The Joint Commission; being awarded multiple awards by Healthgrades; and becoming the 2nd hospital in Alabama to earn the “Baby-Friendly” distinction.