New System UT Health East Texas Names a CEO

UT Health East Texas will bring in a healthcare executive from St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to lead its flagship facility. It tapped Vicki Briggs to be chief executive officer of 502-bed UT Health Tyler.

The system was rebranded last month after it was acquired in September through a deal between Nashville-based Ardent Health Services and UT System. Then called East Texas Medical Center, it includes 10 hospitals in total. Ardent said it would invest $150 million in the deal, while UT System regents recently signed off to throw $35 million toward the cause.

East Texas won’t be new to Briggs. She served as CEO for Longview Regional Medical Center from 1998 to 2005.