Thursday, April 21, 2016

CoxHealth names new Vice President of Human Resources

Andy Hedgpeth, CoxHealth’s director of Benefits and Employee Relations, has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources. A search committee conducted an extensive national search for the position, but ultimately decided that Hedgpeth was the best choice.

“I believe there is nothing more important to this organization than our employees, because we cannot provide exceptional care to our patients without an exceptional team,” says Steve Edwards, CoxHealth’s president and CEO. “We wanted to find someone we could trust to care for our employees, and Andy is that person.”

Over the past several years, Hedgpeth has driven several key changes in the organization to improve the employee experience. Some of these initiatives include the launch of 1906 Employee Store, the integration of the system’s wellness program with its health plan, cafeterias and fitness centers, and an increased employer match on CoxHealth’s 403(b) retirement plan.

“Andy is very innovative and we are confident he will continue to be the transformational leader we need now and into the future,” says Edwards.

Hedgpeth joined CoxHealth in 2008 and has worked as compliance coordinator, benefits manager, and director for Benefits and Employee Relations. He is active in several community organizations, and was recently elected as a school board member for Ozark Public Schools.

A lifelong southwest Missouri resident, Hedgpeth is a graduate of Nixa High School, Ozarks Technical Community College and Missouri State University. His bachelor’s degree was in psychology and human resources management, and his Master in Business Administration had an emphasis in Healthcare Management. Both bachelor’s and master’s degrees were conferred by MSU.

Hedgpeth will begin his new duties May 2.