Buchanan named new VP of Women & Children

Buchanan named new VP of Women & Children

Kyle Buchanan, who has held several key leadership roles for Huntsville Hospital Health System, is the new Vice President of Women and Children’s Services.

Kyle replaces Paula Lucas, who retired July 1. Under her guidance, Women & Children became a launching pad for new, first-in-the-region clinical services including the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic, OB Emergency Department and Pediatric ER. Lucas was also instrumental in starting the Wellness Centers.

“Sometimes one walks into a new leadership role to face fires on every corner,” Kyle said. “This is the exact opposite. First, Paula’s leadership has been fantastic. Additionally, the medical staff is phenomenal and the staff is rock solid."

A Tuscumbia native, Kyle joined the Health System in 2009 as vice president of operations at Helen Keller Hospital and later served as CEO of Lawrence Medical Center, a 98-bed hospital in Moulton. For the past couple of years, he has been executive director of the Health System’s Population Health efforts, which provides chronic disease management services for about 48,000 Medicaid recipients and 12,800 Medicare recipients.

“My first love is hospital operations,” Kyle said. “It’s really a privilege to be able to work with physicians to serve our communities and see the differences made one mother, child or family at a time.”

Kyle graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in business and earned master’s degrees in health services administration from the University of Michigan and business administration from UAB.

Kyle and his wife, Kyrel Buchanan, live in Muscle Shoals with their daughters Carrington, 7, and Callie, 5. Kyrel is a public health and education consultant who works with non-profit organizations, federal agencies and K-12 and higher education institutions.

In his spare time, Kyle likes to spend time with his wife and daughters and learn about creative health care and community solutions.

“I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to health care,” he said. “I’m really into the business of health care, and I like reading about what other places are doing in terms of health care policy and how families are affected."