57-year-old Charley Trimble has turned in his letter of resignation saying he is ready to retire after his 37 years in the health care business. He had been leading Covenant Health Systems for the past six years since the merger with St. Mary's Hospital and Lubbock Methodist Hospital Systems.
Covenant President and CEO Trimble sent out a letter Monday afternoon to his friends, colleagues and the media. In it he states reasons why he's leaving after six years of being Covenant's leader. He says, "I reached this decision following much soul searching and prayerful consideration, however I now feel that it is time to kick back and enjoy what comes my way."
Later in the letter he talks about his health and family being a major reason. "There is an element of stress that runs with my job and I wonder and worry if it will ever affect my long-term health. In two years, I will be the same age as my mother was when she died, and she passed away two years after my father. They worked to their very end and that is something that I do not want to do," Trimble said.
Trimble worked in healthcare for 37 years in Lubbock and among his achievements, he has lead the way of creating Covenant Health Systems, the 75th largest health system in the United States.
University Medical Center's President and CEO James Courtney wishes him the best and says, "Trimble has been a major force in helping to establish Lubbock as one of the Southwest's major medical centers."
However, for the past couple of years, Covenant has had numerous lay-off because of budget shortfalls. Recently, nine physicians were released from their job. Covenant tell us it was because their positions were no longer needed.
Trimble will continue to work as President and CEO of Covenant for the next six to nine months until he is replaced. Trimble also serves as chair of the Voluntary Hospitals of America-Southwest and the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.