(Corpus Christi, TX) – CHRISTUS Health leaders today announced a leadership reorganization at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System.
“Five years ago, we recognized the need to bring the most advanced and accessible medical care to South Texans. With an investment totaling almost $400 million in People and Actions Transforming Healthcare (PATH), we began working to transform health care delivery locally,” said Jeff Puckett, CHRISTUS Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“We have made significant investments in our facilities across South Texas, and we want to make sure we are ready to maximize and take full advantage of them. As we approach the completion of our major construction projects, we now turn our attention to how we might work more effectively together with our Associates and physicians to continue to improve our service and clinical quality.”
As a result, the system will transition to a dyad leadership model that pairs an administrative leader with a clinical leader, which has proven effective CHRISTUS Health’s other ministries in Texas and Louisiana. In addition, the system’s finance and operational leadership roles have been combined to improve alignment.
The dyad will be comprised of Dominic (Dom) Dominguez and Dr. Osbert Blow. Dominguez will serve as Senior Vice President of South Texas health ministries and CEO of CHRISTUS Spohn. While he will continue to have oversight responsibilities for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in San Antonio, Dominguez will relocate to Corpus Christi to dedicate a majority of his time to the CHRISTUS Spohn ministry.
“I began my career with CHRISTUS Spohn as a clinical pharmacist many years ago, and I have always been personally impacted by the system’s faith-based mission,” said Dominguez. “I was humbled to have the opportunity to lead the Alice hospital when it opened in 1999 and proud that, together, we achieved patient satisfaction scores in the 99th percentile in its first year. I look forward to becoming more involved again with the Spohn ministry here in Corpus Christi and having more involvement in its day-to-day operations,” he said.
Dr. Osbert Blow will become CHRISTUS Spohn Health System’s President and Chief Medical Officer. He joined Spohn’s leadership team in 2006, when he became Trauma Medical Director, and has served as Chief Medical Officer since 2015. Three years ago, Dr. Blow assumed more leadership responsibility for the health system, including oversight of its strategic service lines. An accomplished physician and academic professor, he will focus on clinical and service excellence.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the CHRISTUS Spohn system in an even broader way,” said Blow. “My experience as a trauma surgeon and a health care leader have taught me that there’s a difference between leading a resuscitation room and leading a board room, but I’ve learned that many of the skills you need in both are similar. They both require ability to trust your fellow coworkers to perform their roles with excellence and work together as one to achieve your goals. I know that together with the other leaders at CHRISTUS Spohn, we’ll be able to do just that,” he said.
Steven E. King, who joined CHRISTUS Spohn Health System as Chief Financial Officer in 2016, will also now serve as Chief Operating Officer. After a career spent in financial operations for a variety of major health care companies and consulting firms, Steve has defined himself as a financial leader who understands the connection of finance and operations and how both must work together for the health of the organization.
“I am excited about the opportunity to marry CHRISTUS Spohn’s financial and operational areas of focus,” said King. “As leaders, the costs and the benefits of the decisions we consider are never entirely financial or entirely operational—they are often both and they almost always affect people in some way. I am looking forward to bringing these two areas closer together to better serve CHRISTUS and our mission in the Coastal Bend,” he said.
Justin Doss has departed as CEO of CHRISTUS Spohn. “Justin was instrumental in positioning Spohn to face the future from a place of strength,” Puckett said. “We are thankful for his leadership during this period and the great work he did on behalf of our ministry during this time of transformation.”
“I know that Dom, Dr. Blow and Steve will work with the Associates, leaders and physicians at CHRISTUS Spohn to build on the success of the past five years of transformation, and on the health system’s more than 100-year legacy,” Puckett said. “One thing that hasn’t changed is our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and I know they all remain committed to making it a reality every single day.”
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is the region’s largest hospital system in South Texas, consisting of six hospital campuses throughout the Coastal bend, a Cancer Center and the new Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center. The health system is consistently ranked as a health care leader in the area and has received national recognition for several pioneering programs, including trauma, cardiac care, clinical excellence and oncology. For more than 100 years, CHRISTUS Spohn has been distinguished by its high caliber staff and affiliated physicians, its comprehensive and innovative services, and its long history of responding to the needs of the community it serves. For additional information, visit our website at www.christusspohn.org.