CHI St. Vincent announces leadership changes

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Little Rock-based health network CHI St. Vincent has announced several key leadership changes in response to the changing landscape of the healthcare industry. The leadership restructuring will ensure “the prudent stewardship of resources available to the 130-year old institution while also facilitating a sustainable model for its healing ministry,” according to a news release.

“We at CHI St. Vincent, along with every institution currently operating in healthcare, recognize that we must change to meet the long-term challenges facing this industry,” CEO Chad Aduddell said in a statement. “We believe these strategic moves position us well for the future by putting strong clinical and operational leaders in place with the experience and dedication needed to ensure we remain true to our mission and our commitment to excellent, compassionate care for those we serve.”

Key changes to the CHI St. Vincent leadership team include:

  • Shawn Barnett accepts the expanded role of chief operating officer and chief financial officer, responsible for the acute care operations and financial management of the health system.
  • Doug Ross, MD takes on the expanded role of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs President while continuing as the chief medical officer for the health system.
  • Marcia Atkinson has been promoted to president of the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, overseeing the largest cardiovascular team in the state and ensuring its continued growth and success.
  • Chris Stines has been promoted to president of CHI St. Vincent North, continuing the growth of that facility as the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute transitions to its recently remodeled facilities and prepares to open the new education and research center.
  • Bryan Williams has been promoted to vice president for patient care services for the health system.

The leadership restructuring was made possible in part by the planned departure of two executive leaders at CHI St. Vincent. Polly Davenport, COO and president of CHI St. Vincent Infirmary and North, departed on Jan. 2 to accept a role as senior vice president / northwest regional operations officer with AMITA Health in Chicago. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs President Anthony Houston accepted a position as the chief operating officer of the group’s sister hospital CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tenn.

CHI St. Vincent remains committed to delivering the highest quality of care for patients and the communities it serves while simultaneously driving efficiencies to address the challenges facing healthcare providers and ensuring a sustainable future for its healing ministry in Arkansas.