Kevin Byron, director of St. Bernards Behavioral Health and support services, received the American College of Healthcare Executives 2016 Regent’s Early Career award at this fall’s Arkansas Hospital Association annual meeting.
Byron was recognized for his leadership ability, innovative management, participation in both professional and civic activities and his efforts to further the objectives of ACHE.
A native of Eldorado, Ill., he earned an associate degree in pre-healthcare management from Southeastern Illinois College. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management and a master of public administration degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Byron began his career at St. Bernards in 2003 when became responsible for the medical center’s environmental services area. Since that time he has picked up additional responsibilities and oversees all aspects of St. Bernards Behavioral Health, a 60-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital and outpatient treatment facility. He supervises medical, therapy, nursing and support staff and has oversight of financial, human resources, productivity, quality and safety measures.
In addition, he is responsible for environmental services, nutritional services and laundry services at the medical center, a 438-bed acute care hospital that serves as a regional referral center for a 23- county area in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.
Before joining the leadership team at St. Bernards, Byron worked as a facility manager of the office of intramural recreational sports student recreation center at Southern Illinois University, completed an internship for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill., and served as director of environmental services for the Jackson Clinic Professional Association and Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn.
He also has done consulting in the field of environmental services and laundry services and was district manager of environmental and laundry services for Medi-Dyn Inc./Crothall Services Group.
Byron holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Jonesboro Program and was recognized as National Director of the year by Medi-Dyn, Inc., for 2002-2003.
He and his wife, Claire, have two young children, Parker and Peyton.
His parents are Kenneth and Linda Byron of Harrisburg, Ill.