Melinda Clark resigns as Covenant CEO - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/6/09

Melinda Clark resigns as Covenant CEO

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The CEO of Covenant Health Systems has resigned to pursue a career opportunity outside of Lubbock.

Melinda Clark was named CEO in June 2007. Brett Esrock, Chief Operating Officer and President of the Lubbock hospitals, will oversee operations until an interim CEO can be named. Clark's resignation is effective September 30th.

Official News Release:

COVENANT HEALTH SYSTEM'S TOP EXECUTIVE TO LEAVE SEPTEMBER 30


LUBBOCK - Melinda Clark, Covenant Health System Chief Executive Officer, who has led Covenant Health System (CHS) through a period of significant challenges and growth during the last two years, will leave Covenant effective Sept. 30 to pursue a career opportunity outside of Lubbock.

Clark, a trained registered nurse, worked for SSM Health Care in St. Louis, Mo., in various leadership capacities before joining CHS where she served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) before accepting her current position as CEO, which she has held since 2007.  She has been instrumental in many successful initiatives at Covenant Health System during her tenure including improving performance in the Covenant Medical Group and improved quality outcomes at our hospitals and facilities. Under her leadership, Covenant Health System has undertaken the most ambitious and inclusive strategic planning process in its history, which will be unveiled later this year.  Clark leaves CHS in the hands of our very highly skilled and capable leadership team.

"There have been significant challenges in the health care industry over the past several years," said David Seim, Chair of the CHS Board of Directors. "We have been very fortunate to have Melinda helping navigate us through this difficult period.  Melinda has positioned the Covenant Health System well for the future with the development of a new strategic plan that will be unveiled this fall." 

Brett Esrock, COO and President of the Lubbock Hospitals, will oversee operations until an interim CEO can be named.  St. Joseph Health System, parent organization of CHS, and Covenant Health System will conduct a thorough, thoughtful and collaborative search for a permanent replacement. 

"We are indebted to Melinda for the innovative ways in which she improved the quality of care in Lubbock," said Joe Randolph, EVP and COO of St. Joseph Health System.

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