Ardent Health Services announced the appointment of Donald Baker as President of UT Health East Texas market effective September 20. He has held this position on an interim basis since March 2021.
Baker joined UT Health East Texas in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He has shown strong leadership during the pandemic and during the recent successful activation of Epic. Baker has developed a close working relationship with our joint venture partner, the University of Texas (UT), which has resulted in a stronger presence in the region. He was instrumental in planning the University to develop a medical school in Tyler that will directly benefit the communities we serve.
âI am incredibly proud of the team at UT Health East Texas who, along with our UT partners, are making a heroic impact on our region and our communities in East Texas in a way that cannot be measured,â he said. -he declares. “We will continue to implement innovative patient access and experience strategies, and our joint work with UT’s new medical school will ensure that the best clinical professionals live and work in our communities for generations to come.” to come.”
Previously CFO of Ardent’s Hillcrest HealthCare System in Oklahoma, Baker began his career at Hillcrest almost 30 years ago.
“Donald’s leadership skills, financial expertise and proven track record in two Ardent markets have made him the best choice to lead our East Texas market,” said Marty Bonick, President and Chief Executive Officer. the management of Ardent. âWe are excited about the opportunities to increase our presence and compete for patient loyalty as we expand our services throughout the region. “