Following a national search, Ben Layman has been named president of SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville, where he will be responsible for managing and growing the organization's hospital programs and health services throughout south central Wisconsin. Layman replaces Kerry Swanson, who left in April to become regional president of hospital operations for SSM Health in Southern Illinois.
Layman, who will officially begin work for SSM Health on Sept. 18, brings more than 13 years of experience in health care, including the last several years in leadership roles. He has a proven track record in strategic development and growth, value-based program development, operational optimization and change management.
"Ben brings the necessary expertise and capabilities to our Wisconsin team that will allow us to grow services in the area," said Damond W. Boatwright, Regional President of Hospital Operations, SSM Health in Wisconsin. "This expertise, combined with his leadership and strategic development skills, will be an asset to SSM Health as we continue to provide exceptional, compassionate care to the communities we serve. Please join me in welcoming Ben to SSM Health and to his new role at St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville."
Before joining SSM Health, Layman worked at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he served as Chief Operating Officer for a 40-bed acute care hospital and attached 65-bed rehabilitation unit. Before that, he served as Spectrum Health's System Director of Advanced Business Development, leading the strategic planning and implementation of growth opportunities for a 12-hospital integrated delivery system that includes a health plan and 180 ambulatory care sites and.
Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Layman served in various leadership roles at Adventist Health's St. Helena Hospital and St. Helena Hospital Clearlake, both in California. He received a Master of Business Administration from Sonoma State University in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Walla Walla University in Washington. Layman is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.