Richfield, MN—Best Buy Co., Inc., appointed Eugene A. Woods, a leading health care executive, to its board of directors last month. Woods’ appointment is effective immediately.
Woods is president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health (formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System), one of the nation’s most comprehensive, highly integrated health care systems. Atrium operates 44 hospitals and more than 900 care locations. They range from physician offices and behavioral health centers to nursing homes. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company has annual revenue of nearly $10 billion. Moreover, it is responsible for more than 11.5 million patient interactions each year.
“At the heart of our Best Buy 2020 strategy is our commitment to address key human needs, including health,” said Hubert Joly, Best Buy chairman and CEO. “Gene is a highly respected leader in the complex and dynamic field of health care. His insights will be invaluable as we continue to grow and also innovate in that space.”
What Woods Brings to Board of Directors
With more than 25 years of health care leadership experience, Woods has overseen nonprofit and for-profit hospitals, academic and community-based delivery systems, as well as rural and urban facilities. Prior to joining Atrium in 2016, he was president and chief operating officer of Christus Health. That international not-for-profit health system is based in Texas.
Moreover, Woods ranked no. 25 on Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2018. He also has appeared on the publication’s list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for five consecutive years.
“Health care is about serving others; increasingly, this means providing better and more convenient access to high-quality care—even at home,” Woods said. “I believe Best Buy has a phenomenal strategy in this space. I’m honored to join the board during this exciting phase of the company’s transformational journey.”
Woods, 54, holds three degrees from Pennsylvania State University: a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration.