Waco: New President-CEO Named For Providence Healthcare Network

A new president and CEO was named Friday for the Providence Healthcare Network.

Brett A. Esrock (Providence photo)

WACO (February 15, 2013)—Brett A. Esrock, who joined the Providence Healthcare Network in May 2011 as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, was named Friday to succeed Kent Keahey as the network’s president and chief executive officer, the Providence Board of Trustees announced Friday.

He’ll begin in the position on April 3.

Esrock is a graduate of Indiana University and holds an MBA from St. Louis University.

He started his career with the SSM Health Care System in St. Louis where he worked from 1992 to 2007.

From 2007 to 2010 he was president of Lubbock Hospitals and chief operating officer of Covenant Health System operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Calif.

He was serving as vice president for strategic services in the St. Joseph Health System Corporate Offices before joining Providence.

Keahey announced in August 2012 that he planned to retire this year after nearly 30 years in the position.

Keahey, a Waco native and Midway High School graduate, was named president and CEO in February 1984 after 16 years in administration at the St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas.

He’s the longest-tenured president and CEO in the 107-year history of Providence in Waco.

Keahey led the effort to relocate Providence to its current location in 1989 and in 1993 created the Providence Foundation, which has since donated about $20 million to Providence.

A public reception honoring Keahey will be held on March 26.

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