HealthCare Business News recently interviewed Billy Hayes to find out more about his background and the soon-to-be-opened new Northside Hospital Cherokee.
HCB News: What inspired you to get involved in health care?
BH: When I was first starting out in my career, I never envisioned myself entering the realm of health care. My background and education were firmly planted in accounting. However, after spending a few years in accounting positions in other industries, and a bit of arm-twisting from my mother and sister, who both work in health care, I finally decided to give it a chance. And I haven’t looked back since.
HCB News: How long has the process taken to open the new facility?
BH: I have been at Northside Hospital Cherokee for 12 years, and since my arrival we’ve been working toward this goal. Actual planning has taken four years. We started by addressing accessibility needs, working with the State DOT to build a four-lane highway that connected I-575 to the new site location. Once the road was complete, we laid the groundwork for the infrastructure and site work. Construction of the replacement facility began in March 2015, and we are on schedule for a [May] 2017 opening date.