St. Mary’s Hospital president named

JANESVILLE — Following a national search, Ben Layman has been named president of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - Janesville, where he will be responsible for managing and growing the organization’s hospital programs and health services throughout south central Wisconsin.
Layman, who officially begins work for SSM Health Sept. 18, brings more than 13 years of experience in health care, including the last 7-1/2 years in leadership roles.
Before joining SSM Health, Layman worked at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he served as Chief Operating Officer for a 40-bed acute care hospital and attached 65-bed rehabilitation unit. Before that, he served as Spectrum Health’s System Director of Advanced Business Development, leading the strategic planning and implementation of growth opportunities for a 12-hospital integrated delivery system that includes a health plan and 180 ambulatory care sites.
Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Layman served in various leadership roles at Adventist Health’s St. Helena Hospital and St. Helena Hospital Clearlake, both in California.
He received a Master of Business Administration from Sonoma State University in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Walla Walla University in Washington. Layman is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.
Layman replaces Kerry Swanson, who left in April to become regional president of hospital operations for SSM Health in Southern Illinois.