David L. Miller ‘70
Appointed July 2015
David L. Miller served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading operators of acute hospitals. Miller retired on December 31, 2016, after 19 years of service to CHS. He continues as a retained consultant to CHS. Community Health Systems is one of the largest hospital systems in the United States with 137 hospitals in 22 states. While President and COO of CHS, Miller oversaw all aspects of the company’s operating divisions and was charged with managing strategic growth initiatives to achieve clinical, operational and financial excellence. In 2016, Community Health Systems recorded about $18 billion in net revenue and its affiliated hospitals provided care for approximately one million inpatient hospitalizations and five million Emergency Room visits. The company has 120,000 employees. Miller was instrumental in the company’s successful acquisition and integration of Triad Hospitals, which added approximately 50 hospitals to its portfolio in 2007 and Health Management Associates, which added approximately 70 hospitals in 2014.
Miller joined the management team at Community Health Systems in 1997. Prior to serving as President and Chief Operating Officer, he was President of Division I Operations and responsible for managing hospital operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. He played an integral role in the company’s IPO and ultimate listing on the NYSE in June of 2000.
Miller’s distinguished career spans over four decades and includes executive leadership roles in three publicly traded healthcare companies. He began his career as Assistant Administrator of St. Luke’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, an affiliate of Humana, Inc. Over the next 20 years, Miller continued his service to Humana in roles of increasing responsibility, including serving as Chief Executive Officer of five Humana hospitals in Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. A significant highlight of his Humana experience was serving as Administrator of University Hospital in Louisville in a first of its kind partnership of for-profit, academic, and government organizations. Miller was recognized numerous times in his Humana career for “outstanding performance.”
In 1994, Miller joined Health Management Associates as a hospital CEO and was subsequently promoted to a Division President and asked to lead that company’s five hospitals in North and South Carolina. He also received performance awards while working at HMA.
Miller is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also served as an advisor to the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund from 2012 through 2016. The Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund invests in new companies delivering emerging technologies and new services in the health care sector of the economy.
Miller received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Military Institute in 1970. He was a cadet officer and member of the Honor Court. He was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities in 1970. He served on the Cadet newspaper staff his first class year and was the advertising manager for the BOMB. He made Dean’s list on several occasions.
Miller obtained his master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia in 1972. While at the University of Virginia, he served as a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization.
He received a commission in the United States Air Force Reserve in May of 1970. Following graduate school, Miller served briefly on active duty from July 1972 to October 1972. In March of 1982, Miller received an Honorable Discharge from the USAF reserve (inactive) with a rank of Captain.
Miller is a major benefactor of the Boys Home of Virginia in Covington, Virginia and the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He is also an avid supporter of the Children’s Home in Denton, Texas; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA; and, the Children’s Home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.