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New President of HH Heart Center Named

July 05 , 2017

Josh Hewiett webJoshua Hewiett has been named President of Huntsville Hospital Heart Center, LLC, and Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at Huntsville Hospital, effective July 1, succeeding Larry Johnston. The Heart Center includes 50 physicians and is the largest cardiology practice in North Alabama. Heart Center is a part of the Huntsville Hospital Health System and has offices in Huntsville, Athens, Boaz, Decatur, Madison and Sheffield. The cardiovascular program was named one of the Top 50 Heart Hospitals in America and employs 854 people.

Hewiett joined Heart Center in 2012 and has served as Director of Cardiology Services since 2013. His responsibilities have included operational, administrative and financial duties. He is a Florida native and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He later earned a master’s of business administration degree and a master’s of science in health administration degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Hewiett said, “I am thrilled to work more closely with our talented leadership and physician team. Heart Center and Huntsville Hospital have long provided excellent cardiothoracic care in North Alabama. I am very proud to be a member of this program.”

Paul Tabereaux, MD, chairman of the board of Heart Center, LLC, said “We want to thank Larry Johnston for his tremendous leadership over the past 14 years. During that time we saw substantial growth and expansion to provide Huntsville and the North Alabama communities we serve with the finest in cardiovascular care. We are thrilled to recruit Josh Hewiett as the new president of HH Heart Center. We know that Josh will continue this excellence in leadership and will remain diligent to meet the needs of our growing community.”

Jeff Samz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Huntsville Hospital Health System, said, “We welcome Josh to this role. We are confident that he can help lead Heart Center and our cardiovascular program in delivering quality care and service to patients in our community and region."

Johnston served as the CEO of Heart Center, PC, since 2003. He became the President of the HH Heart Center and Vice President of Huntsville Hospital's Cardiovascular Service Line after the Heart Center merged with Huntsville Hospital in 2009. He will continue to serve the HH Health System as a Physician Practice Advisor as of August 1, according to Samz.