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September 3rd, 2010
Central Texas Medical Center CEO leaving job

STAFF REPORT

Central Texas Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Gary L. Jepson is leaving that post after nine years, the San Marcos hospital announced this afternoon.

“I believe someone with a new vision and fresh supply of energy will be best able to build on all that has been accomplished,” Jepson said, saying he “accomplished what God brought me here to do.”

Gary L. Jepson

Jepson said his tenure is marked by improvements to the Adventist Health System hospital’s quality of care and safety, citing a hospital-acquired infection rate below 1 percent. He also oversaw completion of a longterm facilities master plan and major expansion and renovation which included the new Women’s Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), cardiac unit and state-of-the-art operating rooms and surgical facilities.

“Gary has done an outstanding job transforming CTMC from a small community hospital into a modern day 178-bed medical center that is today providing a wide range of complex healthcare services throughout the Central Texas region,” said Ken Finch, Adventist Health System’s southwest region president and chief executive officer.

Jepson implemented new programs at the hospital including the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute, which offers highly-specialized rehab care; the Institute for Advanced Wound Healing, a wound care and hyperbaric medicine program; the Institute for Healthy Living to promote healthier lifestyles; Advanced Imaging, a comprehensive outpatient imaging center built in partnership with local radiologist; the Kyle Clinic, offering primary care, lab, x-ray and rehab services to Kyle area residents; and the Sleep Improvement Center – helping diagnose and improve sleep disorders.

Under his leadership, the hospital performed its first spine surgery; recruited specialist; implemented a state of the art electronic medical records system; and partnered with St. David’s Health System to improve the emergency department and launch a neonatal intensive car unit.

“I have never had the privilege of working with a better CEO than Gary Jepson. “He has led CTMC through a period of explosive growth, improvements and change. Gary has been willing to make the tough and often unpopular decisions to facilitate the improvements while at the same time somehow managing to nurture and grow a caring culture at the hospital,” said Dr. Tom Porter, the hospital’s chief of anesthesia and former medical staff president.

An interim CEO will begin duties at the hospital before Jepson’s departure, Finch said.

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