CHRISTUS COO retires after nearly 37 years

Dallas, Texas – CHRISTUS Health announced today that Stephen Wright, Senior Vice President of Group Operations, will retire on Oct. 1, 2018, after almost 37 years with the health system.

Wright has overseen CHRISTUS Health’s ministries in Southeast Texas and Southwestern, Northern and Central Louisiana since February of 2015. He previously served as president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health’s facilities across the state of Louisiana. His distinguished history with CHRISTUS includes serving as COO for St. Michael Health Care Center in Texarkana, Texas from 1987 to 1999; as CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, La. from 1999 to 2009 and as CEO of CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier from 2009 to 2010. Wright began his tenure as President and CEO of CHRISTUS Health’s ministries across the state of Louisiana in March of 2010.

“CHRISTUS Health has been blessed with many strong and tenured leaders who work tirelessly to advance our ministry and fulfill our mission,” said Jeff Puckett, executive vice president and chief operating officer of CHRISTUS Health. “Stephen has been one of those key leaders since he joined our health care system, and we are thankful for his many years of faithful service to our system and our Associates, physicians, patients and the communities we serve.”

Wright has overseen many important projects at CHRISTUS, and his list of accomplishments is long. It includes:

  • the design, construction and opening of what is now CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital and CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation Hospital in Texarkana;
  • the opening of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini’s new Emergency Room and Women and Children’s Hospital in Alexandria, LA.;
  • the rebirth of the CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier ministry, including the major expansion of the Highland campus and opening of the CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital;
  • the transformation of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas, including its expansion into Mid County and the opening of the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Outpatient Center Mid County and
  •  the expansion of the CHRISTUS ministries in Southwestern Louisiana, including acquisition of Lake Area Medical Center, the majority acquisition of CHRISTUS Imperial Calcasieu surgery Center and the upcoming joint venture with Ochsner Health System.

“Our CHRISTUS ministries are better because of Stephen’s leadership,” Puckett concluded. “He has shepherded our facilities through both good and difficult times, including Katrina, Rita and most recently Hurricane Harvey, which affected many of our locations last year. Stephen was right there with his team, embedded in Beaumont, finding water, encouraging Associates and even sourcing the materials needed to make our wells run efficiently. We will miss Stephen at CHRISTUS, and wish him well in his retirement.”

CHRISTUS leaders have begun working to identify Wright’s replacement.