Lexington, Ky. (September 30, 2019) — Jason M. Adams has been named the new president of Saint Joseph East and chief operating officer of Saint Joseph Hospital. Adams will join CHI Saint Joseph Health in this role October 14.
“Jason has been successful in leading facilities similar to Saint Joseph East to new heights of excellence in patient care,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “His experience with a faith-based health care system makes him a good choice for our Lexington hospitals.”
Adams has served in various leadership roles in health care for the past 20 years, most recently as system chief operating officer for CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, Texas. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Good Shepherd system and CGS Marshall Hospital, implementing corporate strategies for efficiency and effectiveness and expansion of services.
Working with the senior management team, Adams helped to develop a comprehensive turnaround plan taking an organization that was 23 days from bankruptcy into a positive NOI within 17 months. This occurred at the same time Jason and the leadership team was working to increase associate satisfaction result from the 33rd percentile to the 76th percentile.
Adams also served as regional chief operating officer for CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and held other leadership roles in Massachusetts, Nevada and Texas.
He received a bachelor of business administration in finance from the University of Georgia, and an MBA and master of health administration from Georgia State University. He began his career with an administrative fellowship for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston.
Like CHI Saint Joseph Health, CHRISTUS Health is a faith-based health care system and Adams said that was appealing to him.
“I greatly value the mission and values of CHI Saint Joseph Health,” Adams said. “Working with people who believe they are called to serve is a great personal fit for me.”
Adams and his wife Jennifer have three children, Jackson, 11, Ansley, 9, and Alex, 8. They are all looking forward to being an active part of the Lexington community.
“We are looking forward to calling Lexington home,” Adams said. “The community has a tremendous quality of life, which is very appealing to us.”
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, KY. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.
About Saint Joseph East
Saint Joseph East is a 217-bed full service community hospital located in the southeastern section of Lexington, KY. Established in 1983, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky. At Saint Joseph East, ambulatory surgery, 24-hour emergency care and women’s health services are supported through a vast array of inpatient and outpatient programs.
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