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Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Texas Division Appoints Theron Park as Market President and CEO of St. Joseph Health

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HOUSTON, TX – June 14, 2018 – The CHI Texas Division has appointed Theron Park Market President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Joseph Health (St. Joseph) effective July 30, 2018. A well-respected healthcare leader, Theron brings to St. Joseph an accomplished, established career as an administrator committed to continuous quality improvement and the highest standards of clinical excellence. “We are very pleased to welcome a proven leader like Theron Park to our Division leadership team,” said T. Douglas Lawson, PhD, President and CEO, CHI Texas Division. “With an extensive background in both inpatient and ambulatory healthcare settings, his operational expertise coupled with his approach to leadership provides the right combination necessary to further the delivery of healthcare in Bryan, College Station, and across the Brazos Valley, including expanding our newly announced partnership between St. Joseph and Texas A&M.” In his new role, Theron will work closely with CHI Texas Division and St. Joseph leaders, staff, and physicians to transform and improve healthcare delivery at St. Joseph and strengthen the quality and effectiveness of services provided to patients and the community. “The legacy of St. Joseph, its longstanding commitment to Catholic healthcare, and the devotion of its staff and physicians is what really captured my interest in joining the CHI Texas Division,” said Theron Park. “In order to better serve our community and extend our healing ministry, it is important to me that we not only ensure operational and clinical excellence, but we also recognize the calling answered each day by the dedicated staff and physicians through the sacred work they do.” Theron joins the CHI Texas Division from Providence St. Joseph Health, Oregon Region, where he served as Chief Executive, Delivery System. He led more than 10,000 caregivers who cared for patients in eight hospitals, 14 joint ventures, a large reference lab, and more than 60 outpatient sites spread across five geographic markets. Providence St. Joseph is among the largest Catholic health systems in the country. Theron has also served as Chief Executive for Providence Portland Medical Center, a 483-bed tertiary hospital, and Providence Milwaukie Hospital, a 77-bed community hospital. Prior to joining Providence, he served in rural hospitals and health systems in Texas and Montana in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility. Originally from Texas, Theron received a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. He is an active member of numerous professional organizations and various community groups. “After an extensive search, we believe that Mr. Park is the right leader for St. Joseph as we continue to expand our network of care,” said James “Jeb” E. Blair, III, Chairman, St. Joseph Board of Directors. “It is a very exciting time to be part of this community and even more so this highly regarded healthcare organization. Mr. Park’s extensive experience and belief in faith-based care will serve our area well.” ### About St. Joseph Health Established in 1936, St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. St. Joseph Health Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region. About the CHI Texas Division The CHI Texas Division, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets―CHI St. Luke’s Health (St. Luke’s) is home of the Texas Heart® Institute (THI),  eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife® Center, and numerous Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine®, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the flagship facility and academic medical center of St. Luke’s, in the Texas Medical Center.  Together, St. Luke’s, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. For more information, visit About Catholic Health Initiatives St. Luke’s Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 17 states and comprises 100 hospitals, including three academic health centers and major teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more at    

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