An executive retirement prompted Baptist Health System to make CEO changes at two San Antonio hospitals.
The decision by John Knox, CEO of Baptist’s medical center hospital, St. Luke’s, triggered the multifacility shift. Knox plans to retire after a run at the Northwest San Antonio hospital that includes establishing the city’s first comprehensive stroke center and developing the South Texas Lung Institute.
Eric Schmacker, CEO of Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, will succeed Knox at St. Luke’s, which will leave a void at the South San Antonio hospital.
Baptist plans to make Gina Temple CEO at Mission Trail. Temple — who is Texas Group chief operating officer for Baptist’s parent company, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, and in a similar capacity for North Central Baptist Hospital — will be Mission Trail’s first female CEO.
“It is interesting to note that women make up the majority of the health care workforce population but hold only 19 percent of hospital CEO positions,” Temple told me. “As I move into this position, I feel a strong obligation to model the way for other female hospital executives and to invest time and energy to support the development of strong, compassionate female leaders within health care.
Matt Stone, CEO of Baptist Healthy System and of Tenet Healthcare’s Texas Group, said Temple is the right person to lead Mission Trail Baptist Hospital.
“She has been a health care administrator for more than 26 years with experience leading positive organizational change, as well as caring for patients at the bedside,” Stone said.
Mission Trail is part of the Brooks community in an area of the city expected to see more population growth. Stone said the hospital is investing in talent and infrastructure to meet the critical needs of patients in a region that also includes counties south and east of San Antonio.
Mission Trail is hiring other women in key positions, as the hospital’s chief operating officer is also female.
“The Baptist Health System continues to invest in diversity within the C-suite, knowing that our differences make us a stronger organization,” Temple said.
Stone expects Baptist will be in good shape after the multiple moves.
“We are fortunate to have talented and experienced leaders who are passionate about making a difference,” he said.
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