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John McWhorter Named New COO at OhioHealth

OhioHealth has announced the hiring of John McWhorter as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 27, 2020. McWhorter succeeds Mike Louge, who will retire on December 31, 2020.

McWhorter, who brings 30 years of experience to OhioHealth, had served as COO of Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas, since 2015, having joined them in 2011 as senior vice president of their North Texas Division. Baylor Scott & White is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, and one of the largest in the United States.

“John’s personal values align with our culture and that was evident every time we talked,” said Steve Markovich, MD, OhioHealth president and CEO. “Likewise, when you look at all he has accomplished at Baylor Scott & White and throughout his career, there is no doubt he will hit the ground running at OhioHealth.”

As COO of OhioHealth, a $4+ billion, 12-hospital healthcare system with more than 30,000 associates, McWhorter will be responsible for both operational excellence across the entire system and for developing an enterprise strategy for the future to make healthcare more simple, accessible and affordable.

“I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about this opportunity,” said McWhorter. “I have been so impressed with the “can-do” culture evident from everyone I’ve met and reflected in everything OhioHealth has accomplished. I look forward to being part of this outstanding organization.”

Education and Personal Life

McWhorter holds a Doctor of Science degree in Health Services and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree, both from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

McWhorter and his wife, Suzanne, have a son, Chip, and daughter-in-law, Kristy, who live in Dallas, and a daughter, Allie, who is a junior at Texas Christian University. 

He is a self-described sports junkie who loves college football and basketball. He also enjoys fishing and is actively involved with his church ministry. He and Suzanne enjoyed all of their visits to Columbus, which he described as one of the friendliest cities he’s ever visited.

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it received six times. It was also recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 years in a row, 2007-2019.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Berger Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at