Robert A. Montagnese, President & CEO of Licking Memorial Health Systems


Robert A. Montagnese, B.A., M.H.A., C.P.A., President & CEO

Licking Memorial Health Systems

Robert Montagnese, B.A., M.H.A., C.P.A., is President & CEO of Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS), which is Licking County’s primary healthcare provider and largest employer with over 2,100 employees.He joined LMHS on a full-time basis in 1993, and served as Controller and Accounting Manager, Senior Vice President Financial Services, and Executive Vice President before attaining his current position in 2006.Under his leadership, Licking Memorial Hospital expanded with the new John & Mary Alford Pavilion surgery and emergency care addition, three community off-campus Urgent Care facilities, the North Newark physician practice location, the Licking Memorial Medical Campus on West Main in Newark, and the acquisition of the Licking Memorial Hospital – Tamarack location.

Mr. Montagnese holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Wittenberg University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from The Ohio State University.Additionally, he is a certified public accountant and a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Central Ohio Technical College Board of Trustees, formerly serving as Vice Chairman.He is Treasurer and Past President of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Foundation Board, Past President and Lifetime Honorary Member of the BBBS Board, Chairman of the Newark Campus Development Fund, Past President of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Chairman of The Works Board, and a Board Member for First Federal Savings, Our Futures in Licking County, and the Institute for Health Innovation.He also serves as a member of the Newark Rotary Club and the Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board.He previously served as a member of the Ohio Medical Quality Foundation Board.

Mr. Montagnese is a former OHA Board Member, Kendal at Granville and Midland Theatre.He has served as Chairman of the Salvation Army Capital Campaign, the Citizens for Parks, Paths & Trails levy campaign for the Licking Park District, and the 2020 American Heart AssociationLicking County HeartChase.

In 2007, Mr. Montagnese was named to Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40 list to honor a select group of community and business leaders in the Greater Columbus area.He was awarded the John W. Alford Memorial Award in 2009 for his community and civic involvement, and his interest in cancer research.In 2012, he was named a Hometown Hero by the American Red Cross of Licking County to recognize his positive impact on the community. In 2014, Rob was a top 10 national finalist for the Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Award.He received the Bravo Award for Community Service from the Newark Rotary Club, and was named onBecker’s Nonprofit Hospital & Health System CEOs to Knowlist in 2015, 2016 and 2017.Also in 2016, Rob was named Executive of the Year through the Columbus CEO HealthCare Achievement Awards, and was added to the Licking Valley Hall of Pride, a special recognition for outstanding graduates of Licking Valley High Schoolwho have contributed to the civic, cultural, religious, and economic vitality of the community, at the local, state or national level.In 2017, Rob was namedas a Columbus Business First C-Suite Honoree.

He and his wife, Lauren, live in Licking County.The couple has one daughter, Ashley, and two sons, Robby and Brady.Mr. Montagnese has coached sports teams for many years in the Central Ohio area.

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