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CHRISTUS Health Announces Restructured Executive Team June 21, 2019

Irving, TX. –  CHRISTUS Health announced today changes in its leadership team in preparation for the planned retirements of three of its top leaders.

Those executive leaders – Linda McClung, CHRISTUS Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, John Gillean, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer and George Conklin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer –will retire from CHRISTUS in the coming months.

McClung has served in various ministry leadership roles for 33 years at CHRISTUS Health, Dr. Gillean has led many clinical areas at CHRISTUS for 24 years, and Conklin has led CHRISTUS Health’s information management area for more than 20 years.

“Each has a rich legacy at CHRISTUS and each has left an indelible positive mark on our ministry,” said Ernie Sadau, CHRISTUS Health President and CEO. “While we wish them well in this next phase of life, each will be missed, as their leadership and dedication has positioned us to be even stronger tomorrow for the continued fulfilment of our mission.”

The new top leadership structure announced today includes some important internal promotions designed to continue to strengthen CHRISTUS as it is called to provide affordable and advanced medicine to the many communities it serves. 

In the new structure, the CEO Cabinet (those leaders who report directly to CHRISTUS Health’s President and CEO) include.

  • Gerry Heeley, Executive Vice President & Chief Mission Integration Officer (Heeley received a promotion from Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President)
  • Marty Margetts, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
  • Jeff Puckett, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Randy Safady, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Sam Bagchi, M.D., Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
  • Paul Generale, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy & Network Officer

While the new positions will be effective in July, McClung, Dr. Gillean and Conklin will remain in their current reporting relationships to help with the various transitions until their respective departures from CHRISTUS. McClung’s departure date is Aug. 31. Dr. Gillean will retire on Oct. 31 and Conklin will follow on Dec. 31.

In addition to the new structure, CHRISTUS named a number of new Senior Vice Presidents who will be report to various CEO Cabinet Members and will be on the CHRISTUS Health Executive Council. All of those named to these positions are currently leaders within CHRISTUS Health.

Jon Manis has been named Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of U.S. ministries. Upon Conklin’s official retirement he will officially transition to the role of Senior VP & CIO of CHRISTUS Health reporting to Safady, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, at the end of the year.

Tina Barker has been named Senior Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Digital and will lead those teams including consumer research.

Kimberly King Webb has been named Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer. Webb will lead a number of departments including Human Resources, Employee Relations and Employment Law.

Kim Reynolds has been named Senior Vice President of Finance, with responsibilities that include accounting, budget and analytics.

Gabriela Saenz has been named Senior Vice President of Corporate Services. She’ll lead a number of CHRISTUS departments including Governance, Compliance and Patient Experience.

Ryan Thompson has been named Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle.

All these changes go into effect July 1, with many transition activities happening in the coming months.