WICHITA – Steve Edgar, FACHE, PT, Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Woodlawn Hospital and ER, has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Denton Regional Medical Center in Denton, Texas. Edgar, who became CEO at Woodlawn more than three years ago, will begin his new position on Aug. 22.
Prior to being named the CEO of the Wesley Woodlawn, a 99-bed acute care hospital in the Wesley Healthcare network, Edgar served as the chief operating officer/associate administrator at Wesley Medical Center from 2007-12.
“Although I am sad to leave Wichita and Wesley Woodlawn, Denton Regional Medical Center is a larger hospital that is well known in the north Dallas community with a great reputation,” said Edgar. “Our entire family is excited about the move to Denton and becoming part of the community. The hospital has a national reputation for excellent outcomes and quality patient care. I’m looking forward to working with the medical staff and employees to further the hospital’s excellent reputation.”
Under his leadership at Wesley Woodlawn, Edgar was instrumental in expanding services and leading the hospital through the name change from Galichia Heart Hospital to Wesley Woodlawn Hospital and ER. Over his tenure, the hospital saw significant growth in employee engagement, cardiology volumes, patient experience scores, expansion of surgical services, growth in the Emergency Department, the development of the knee and hip program as well as the addition of bariatrics.
“We were fortunate to have somebody of Steve’s experience and compassion at Wesley Healthcare,” said Bill Voloch, President and CEO of Wesley Healthcare. “Steve has been instrumental in the development of Wesley Woodlawn and has led many successful initiatives. His leadership has made Wesley Woodlawn a better hospital and his footprint here will be felt for many years.”
Edgar, who has an undergraduate degree in Health Science – Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a Master of Public Administration from Missouri, Kansas City, began his healthcare career as a physical therapist in 1991. Although he remained more clinical for the first nine years of his career, he transitioned to the administrative side of health care in 2000 when he was named the administrative director of the Family Resident Clinics at Research Medical Center in HCA’s Midwest Division. He eventually joined HCA’s Executive Development Program in 2007 and started at Wesley Medical Center as a chief operating officer/associate administrator.
“Steve’s ability to collaborate with physicians across a broad range of specialties combined with his focus on outstanding patient experience, quality and employee engagement will help lead Denton Regional to the next level of excellence,” said Erol Akdamar, president of HCA North Texas.
The search for Edgar’s replacement will begin immediately.
Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
Denton Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital that serves the growing population of Denton, Wise, Cooke and Montague counties in North Texas. The hospital offers the full spectrum of healthcare, including a level three trauma certification, advanced open heart surgery, an accredited stroke center and has more than 850 employees and 300 affiliated physicians.