Kentucky Hospital Association Names Nancy Galvagni President and Chief Executive Officer
Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:59 PM
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) today announced that its board of
directors has appointed Nancy Galvagni as President and Chief Executive
In December, long-time KHA President Michael T. Rust announced his
retirement after 24 years with the organization. The KHA Board of Trustees
then began a nationwide search for his successor. The organization engaged
the services of Witt/Kieffer to conduct the search.
Galvagni has been with KHA since 1979 and has served as the senior vice
president for the past 20 years. In addition, she has served as the
executive director of the Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
(KIPSQ), a federally certified patient safety organization and subsidiary
of KHA. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, is a past
president of the Kentucky Society for Health Care Planning and Marketing
and is a member of the American Association of Hospital Accountants. Prior
to joining KHA, she worked at the New York Hospital Association.
During her time as senior vice president, Galvagni has advised the KHA
president, Board and membership on health policy, finance and payments as
well as regulatory, legislative and managed care issues and their impact on
“It has been a privilege to lead the Kentucky Hospital Association for the
past 24 years,” stated Rust. “I am pleased to pass the baton to Nancy
Galvagni as I know she will serve the Association with distinction. Her
knowledge and dedication to Kentucky’s hospitals will ensure a bright
future for KHA.”
“The KHA membership and Board are so grateful for Mike Rust’s incredibly
successful time at KHA. It was a difficult task to find someone to fill his
shoes,” KHA Board Chair and Taylor Regional Hospital Chief Executive
Officer Jane Wheatley noted. “The Board, Witt/Kieffer and our Search
Committee worked very hard to ensure we chose the perfect candidate for
President and CEO of the Association, and I know we succeeded. The search
was extensive and we had some amazing contenders from across the country.
We are very happy to choose Nancy Galvagni. She has the experience,
integrity and vision needed to take KHA into the future.”
“I look forward to taking on this new challenge and am excited to continue
working with the hospitals of Kentucky in a new capacity,” said Galvagni.
“We have a great team at KHA whose sole focus is supporting our members as
they provide the best health care for all the citizens of the commonwealth
and I am honored to be given this opportunity.”
KHA is celebrating 90 years of serving the hospitals and health systems of
the commonwealth. Galvagni is only the fourth chief executive officer in
that time chosen to lead the organization.