Carolinas HealthCare picks new CEO from Texas

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Carolinas HealthCare System, the Charlotte-based hospital operator with annual revenues of almost $9 billion in 2015, named Eugene Woods CEO to replace Michael Tarwater, who is retiring in June.

“I am honored to be joining Carolinas HealthCare System,” Woods said in a press release. “This is one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated healthcare systems in the nation, combining extraordinary care with an unwavering commitment to the region.”

Carolinas HealthCare system employs more than 60,000 full- and part-time employees. Its network includes 39 hospitals and more than 900 medical offices in the Carolinas.

Here is Woods’ LinkedIn biography:

Eugene A. Woods is the president and COO of CHRISTUS Health in Irving, Texas, a position he has held since June 2011. He is responsible for overseeing acute, post-acute and international operations for all of CHRISTUS Health’s regions in the U.S. and Mexico. CHRISTUS is a health system of more than 50 hospitals and long-term care facilities, with 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and 30,000 associates.

Woods has nearly 25 years of experience in senior healthcare leadership positions. Previously, he served in dual roles at Catholic Health Initiatives – as CEO of the eight-hospital Saint Joseph Health System, and national senior vice president responsible for helping to implement system-wide initiatives for the faith-based system which operates in 18 states and includes 86 hospitals. Prior to joining CHI, he was the COO at the Washington Hospital Center, a 968-bed teaching hospital located in the nation’s capital, and one of the busiest hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region.

Woods is the Chairman-Elect of the American Hospital Association Board (AHA) and has also served on the AHA’s Health Care Systems Governing Council, as well as the Regional Policy Board in District 3. Woods also served a Regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives on two occasions, and is an ACHE Fellow. Additionally, he previously was the president for the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE), and is currently a member of the National NAHSE Board.

Woods received his bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, master’s degree in business administration and master’s in health administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

He was named a Modern Healthcare Up and Comer in 2001, and is a three time recipient of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executive honors (2006, 2008, & 2014). Woods is also fluent in Spanish.

Here is the board that selected Woods:

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