COSHOCTON -- Two days after Greg Nowak formally announced his retirement, The Board of Directors has appointed Robert (Bob) Miller acting Chief Executive Officer at Coshocton Hospital. Miller, currently is Coshocton Hospital's Chief Financial Officer, takes the reigns of Coshocton County's largest employer effective immediately.

"We are extremely excited that Mr. Miller is willing to step up to this challenge," said Coshocton Hospital Board Chairman Jim Brown. "We are very confident in his ability to lead Coshocton Hospital. Bob understands the role of Coshocton Hospital in our community."

Miller has been with Coshocton Hospital since 2001 and has been involved in the healthcare industry nearly 30 years. He acknowledges that change is inevitable and feels that Coshocton Hospital is in a position to anticipate these challenges.

"Our industry is changing faster than ever before," said Miller. "As an organization we must embrace change. I want to see us continue to be pro-active in our approach and set the standard."

Miller is actively involved in the Central Ohio Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and serves as a member of their Board of Directors. In that role, he was nominated this year for the Frederick C. Morgan Award, which is the top award for the national association.

In accepting his new role, Miller is anxious to look toward the future. But he did take a moment to acknowledge the work of Greg Nowak, former CEO.

Nowak was the CEO and administrator at Coshocton Hospital since he came to the area in 1990, and he has decided the time is now to step away.

"It's truly been an honor to serve as CEO at Coshocton Hospital. We are blessed with an excellent and dedicated local staff," said Nowak. "I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the last 20 years."

Coshocton Hospital has seen a lot of positive changes under Nowak's tenure. When he arrived, the annual net patient revenue was approximately $6,000,000 and they had 12 physicians on staff. Today, Coshocton Hospital has annual net patient revenue in excess of $70,000,000 and 26 active physicians.

In addition, Nowak has led the hospital through multiple expansions and renovations. These include the West Wing expansion, a remodel of the Extended Care Facility, the addition of the 311 Building, as well as the addition of multiple Physician Clinics.

"I learned a lot from Greg Nowak over the last 9 years," said Miller. "We should all be thankful to him for his 20 years of service to the community."

Mr. Miller earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from The West Virginia Institute of Technology and his master's degree in finance from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Additionally, he is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He currently serves as the chairman of Board for the Ohio Hills Red Cross Chapter and is a board member for Leadership Coshocton. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Coshocton County and lives in Coshocton with his wife, Sue.