Galichia Heart Hospital CEO Steve Harris to Retire in December

November 16, 2012

Stephen Harris, chief executive officer of Galichia Heart Hospital, has announced today he will retire effective December 31, 2012.

During Harris’ tenure, GHH has experienced significant organizational success and growth by attracting new physicians to the community and improving quality as well as financial and operational performance.

“Under Steve Harris’ leadership, Galichia Heart Hospital has developed a first‐class health delivery system in east Wichita,” said Hugh Tappan, president and CEO of Wesley Medical Center, which owns GHH.  “He has been an outstanding leader dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the community and ensuring excellent medical services. We wish Steve and his wife, Kai, the best.”

Galichia Heart Hospital has experienced many firsts under Harris’ leadership, including earning Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, launching a 15-minute wait time campaign for emergency room patients and making Wichita a destination for medical tourism by charging a flat fee on some popular surgical procedures. 

Harris, who helped oversee the transition of Galichia Heart Hospital from an independent, physician-owned facility to an HCA-owned campus of Wesley Medical Center this year, said he has been blessed to work with so many talented people over the years.

“The hospital is in a great place today,” Harris said. “I love HCA’s focus on quality and I’m honored to have been a part of moving Galichia Heart Hospital into such capable hands.”

Harris remains chairman of the city’s District II Advisory Board and is a board member of the Wichita Airport Advisory Board, the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Wichita Grand Opera. He’s also a member of the Wichita Rotary. Harris said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and focusing on his first love: aviation.

“I’m working on my getting commercial pilot license,” said Harris, who became a certified air traffic controller in 1968, earned his private pilot license in 1976, his instrument rating in 1984 and his multi-engine rating in 2011. He currently owns a Cessna 182RG.