The Nacogdoches County Hospital District Board of Directors accepted the resignation of chief executive officer Scott Street last week. Hospital board president Lisa King reached out to all team members, medical staff and volunteers with that news before the weekend.
“I reached out on behalf of the board, in an effort to contain any misinformation that might come out during a time of understandable uncertainty,” she said. “We’re grateful to Scott for his two and a half years of service, his unique vision for improving hospital services and facilities and the energy he brought to the job. We wish him the very best in his bright future, while our hospital family and board prepare for a new path forward for the Nacogdoches County Hospital District.”
That new path forward will include a familiar face. Gary Kendrick returned on Tuesday to serve as the interim CEO during this transition period. Many of you will recall that Gary served in that role for a year while Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital searched for a replacement for late CEO Tim Hayward.
Gary works for Community Hospital Corporation as an interim administrator who travels to hospitals in need of top management services. Gary has been in healthcare since 1979, with 27 of those 38 years serving in the CEO role. He knows Memorial and looks forward to helping the hospital as the board begins the search for a new CEO.
“Today’s healthcare environment is definitely challenging,” said Gary. “But I have complete confidence that this organization is strong enough to thrive. I know that the Memorial leadership is hard working and completely ready to move forward with a mission that they believe in. I know because I’ve been here before and I’ve worked with many of the leadership and have confidence in them to get the job done.”