FCEDA’s Gordon comments on Dr. J. Stephen Jones succeeding Knox Singleton as Inova Health System CEO

Alan Fogg, afogg@fceda.org, +1 703-790-0600 (o) or +1 571-213-5065 (m)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fairfax County, Virginia -- Fairfax County Economic Development Authority President and CEO Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., knows that Dr. J. Stephen Jones has large shoes to fill.

Jones was today named CEO of Inova Health Services, succeeding longtime CEO Knox Singleton.

"Knox Singleton and I came to our jobs within a few months of one another, and the transformation of Inova into a top-flight hospital system and healthcare leader and has mirrored the transformation of Fairfax County into a major business community,” Gordon said.

“The hospital system is vitally important to our residents and the Inova Center for Personalized Health will be a game-changing component of the county's economic base for decades to come.

“As I congratulate Knox for his distinguished tenure, I also look forward to working with the new generation of leadership at Inova to help develop an institution that is a growing force in the local and regional economy.”

Jones is no stranger to leading large healthcare networks. He comes from the Cleveland Clinic, where he oversees 11 regional hospitals with more than 24,000 physicians and staff.  His new position becomes effective April 9.

Singleton announced in September that he would retire after 35 years at the helm of Inova which has five hospitals and about 17,500 employees and committed to becoming a leader in the emerging field of precision medicine.

"All of the pieces are in place for Inova to be the premier health system on the eastern seaboard," Jones said in a statement. "Knox Singleton transformed Inova from a collection of small, stand-alone hospitals into a nationally recognized health care system that is leading in the integration of genomics into personalized medicine. I want to carry that work forward and build an academic hub for discovery, prevention and longevity."

Jones, with a medical degree from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, has been president of Cleveland Clinic's regional hospitals since late 2014. He was instrumental in improving the quality of safety measures and the use of telemedicine.

"Dr. Jones clearly stood out," said Tony Nader, chairman of Inova's Board of Trustees, in a statement. "The board enthusiastically agrees that he is the right person to navigate Inova through the complexities of today's health care environment and into national recognition."