Lauren Faison-Clark to Serve as Interim CEO

Lauren Faison-Clark to Serve as Interim CEO

After more than two years at the helm of Doctors’ Memorial Hospital (DMH) as CEO, Chris Schmidt will take on a new role within Alliant Management Services. Alliant, based in Louisville, Kentucky, provides management services to community hospitals.

Schmidt came to DMH from Flagler Health+ in St. Augustine. He previously served 22 years in the United States Navy Nurse Corps and earned a Master of Science in nursing, a graduate certificate in health administration and doctorate in nursing practice.

President and CEO of Alliant Michael Kozar expressed his appreciation to Schmidt for his dedication to DMH over the past two years.

“Chris helped carry us through the pandemic and extended services available in Taylor County,” Kozar said. “We are excited that he will be expanding his role with Alliant and that his skills and leadership will continue to be an asset to the Alliant Management team.”

Schmidt will remain at DMH through June 9 when Lauren Faison-Clark will become interim CEO. Faison-Clark is administrator of regional development for Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH). She has been a DMH board member since 2013 and served as interim CEO in late 2021 with great success. 

“We greatly appreciate Chris’ contributions to DMH and the Taylor County community and his support in Ms. Faison-Clark’s on-boarding,” DMH Board Chair Pat Barbaree said. “We wish Chris all the best in his future endeavors.”

Faison-Clark looks forward to continuing to drive initiatives and grow programs that make Doctors’ Memorial a premier healthcare partner for employees, patients and the community.

About Doctors’ Memorial Hospital

Founded in 1957, Doctors’ Memorial Hospital (DMH) is a private, nonprofit, 48-bed hospital committed to being a trusted leader in healthcare. DMH offers emergency services, primary care, short-term inpatient rehabilitation, a full line of radiology services, wound care and additional outpatient services. DMH contracts with Alliant Management Services for administrative operations and has a formal partnership with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) to enhance service capabilities and resources available to DMH. For more information, visit