“After a thorough search for a new CEO for Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, we are excited to announce Scott Street as our CEO and the newest member of our hospital team,” said Jerry Whitaker, chairman of the Nacogdoches County Hospital District board. “Scott will join us on July 7. He is a man of tremendous talent, innovation and perseverance – exactly what is needed to move Memorial Hospital forward in these exciting, yet challenging healthcare times.”
For the past four years, Street served as president and CEO for Mercy Health System- NWA in Rogers, Arkansas, and most recently as the Regional Chief Strategy Officer for Mercy Health System for Northwest Arkansas. Before that, he served as CEO for Duncan Regional Health System in Duncan, OK for seven years and as chief operating officer for St. Bernard’s Healthcare in Jonesboro, AR for four years. He also served in various roles in his 10 years at Baptist Health in Little Rock.
“His skill set, his vision and his strengths as a top leader fit in perfectly with what is needed at Memorial Hospital in our leader,” Whitaker continued. “We, as a board, were particularly intrigued with the kind of leadership awards he has received.”
With a Master of Healthcare Administration from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, Street comes to Nacogdoches with a multitude of leadership awards. He was the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award in 2008; American Hospital Association’s Oklahoma Grassroots Champion CEO in 2008 and Oklahoma Hospital Association’s Advocacy in Action Award Recipient in 2008. He was named Duncan, OK Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 2008 and his hospital was chosen as the 2013 Arkansas Business “Best Place to Work in Arkansas” last year.
With the help of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital collected a pool of 77 candidates who were interested in the CEO position. CHC officials narrowed that field to 17 that they interviewed by phone, narrowing the selection to seven candidates that were presented to the local search committee. That search committee consisted of several hospital board members and the medical executive committee of the hospital. The search committee took those seven suggestions and narrowed the field to four candidates they wished to invite for on-site visits. The on-site visits provided the opportunity for multiple interactions and interviews with key physicians, board members, hospital management teams and the search committee.
“All of the candidates we looked at were incredibly well suited to the job,” said Lisa King, hospital district board secretary and search committee member. “It was a difficult proposition to narrow it down to just one candidate, because all four were so eminently qualified, professional and likable. They were all stellar candidates who would have fit in well with our community and our employees and our physicians. However, Scott Street had an instant connection to everyone he met. He seemed to have that spark of chemistry with Nacogdoches Memorial staff and physicians that promises great things to come. We liked the answers he gave to hard questions and his ability to see the way around obstacles. He had an irresistible combination of charisma and professionalism, which he will need to take Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in the direction we want to travel.”