Fowler was a visible and vocal part of the hospital and the community from his arrival in Logan.
For his first few months at the hospital and thereafter, it was not uncommon to find Fowler walking the hallways late at night and on weekends to get to know employees and to inspect day-to-day operations.
Fowler also became an active member of the Rotary Club of Logan where he participated in events as well as provided financial support to Rotary, Salvation Army and other community service projects for a variety of local civic and community groups. Fowler also showed a lot of support for the Logan Child Advocacy Center as well, working with the LCAC on setting up services for child abuse victims.
From the beginning, Fowler's tenure was marked with a focus on improvement of the facility and growth for the hospital, culminating in a new rehab unit and an entire new wing built onto the hospital as well as a cardiac care unit.
Within a few months of coming to town, Fowler also expanded the hospital into downtown Logan, when approximately 40 administrative employees were moved downtown to the old Heilig-Meyers furniture store building to make room for the new doctors.
Under Fowler, the hospital staff received extra training and cross-training in order to make them even better at providing care for the community. Fowler was always a strong advocate of the hospital.
"Most people think that bigger is better, but when it comes to rural healthcare, rural hospitals provide some of the best care you will ever find, because we are a part of the community and many people who work there are even related to you," Fowler told one civic group.
Robert Klein, president of the United Division of LifePoint Hospitals, said the company has begun an aggressive search to identify qualified candidates to assume the CEO role.
“Kevin Fowler has done an excellent job of leading the hospital for the past seven years. We are grateful for all that he has done to contribute to the betterment and success of Logan Regional during his tenure. We are working with the local Board of Directors to initiate a national search to find the right person to lead the hospital into the future,” Klein said.
Joanne Tomblin, chairman of the LRMC Board of Directors, added, “We will miss Kevin and wish him success in his future endeavors. I am confident we will find the right CEO candidate who shares our commitment to quality patient care and our interest in growing the hospital’s services and strengthening its role in the community.”