Encompass Group, LLC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of reusable textiles, professional apparel, and disposable and single use medical products, announces that John J. Wood has been named Chief Executive Officer, to commence July 1, 2013. John will succeed Mike Spurlock, who has announced his retirement and will continue as a member of the Board of Directors of Encompass Group.

John has over twenty years of experience in increasingly responsible positions within the health care industry with companies like Standard Healthcare Inc., Baxter Healthcare, Allegiance, and Cardinal Health. He was a Sales Representative for Baxter Healthcare’s Hospitex Division from 1993 until 1998, Senior Marketing Manager for Hospitex in 1998 leading to his promotion to Director of Health Systems for Hospitex (which had become part of Cardinal Health) in 1999. Cardinal Health spun the Hospitex business off earlier that year to form Encompass Group where Mr. Wood became Vice President of Health Systems for the new company’s acute care market.

Mr. Wood was named Executive Vice President of Sales for the Encompass Textile and Interiors Division in 2002. He was promoted to Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Acute Care business in 2007. In late 2012 John was appointed to the Encompass Board of Directors in a non-voting advisory role.

Originally from Fenton, Michigan, John grew up in Pinehurst, NC. He is the son of the Fred and Eldora Wood and attended High School at the O’Neal Academy and graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 1984 with a BS degree in Marketing. John and wife Janet and sons Jake and Trip reside in Peachtree, Ga.

Through its various business units that are nearly a century old, Encompass has been helping health care and hospitality organizations create safe and comfortable environments for patients, staff, residents and guests. By focusing on innovation, product knowledge and customer service, the company strives to meet the needs of its clients by always being first in safety and comfort.

The markets Encompass serves include Acute Care, Long-Term Care/Senior Care, Retail Health Care Apparel, Hospitality, and Government Operations. Encompass is a privately held company headquartered in McDonough, Georgia.

In addition to providing an extensive range of targeted health care/hospitality products, Encompass also assists its clients by offering a diverse portfolio of health care and hospitality focused services, including cost.