Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. Announces the Appointment of New President and CEO, Jaime Wesolowski
San Antonio, Texas, Thursday, July 12, 2018 - The Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. board of directors has selected Jaime Wesolowski as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer. Wesolowski, a healthcare executive with three decades of leadership experience, currently serves as president and CEO of the Methodist Healthcare System -- the largest provider of health care in South and Central Texas.
The announcement comes after a year-long, nationwide search conducted by Korn Ferry, a preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm.
“Jaime was chosen through a competitive selection process, from among an incredibly strong field of candidates,” said George Ricks, chair of the Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ search committee and immediate past chair of the board of directors. “Jaime’s proven track record of success, drive for excellence, and embodiment of our vision and values are what made him the right choice for this organization.”
Wesolowski, who announced his retirement from the Methodist Healthcare System in January, will commence his new role following the appointment of his successor at Methodist Healthcare System. With that process underway, the Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ board appointed Marc Raney, who served as one of the organization’s first board chairs and more recently as senior vice president of resource development, as interim CEO. Raney retired as the vice president for university advancement at Trinity University in 2010 after serving the institution for 30 years.
“I am truly honored to have been selected as the next leader of Methodist Healthcare Ministries,” said Jaime Wesolowski. “I can’t think of a better progression for me in my life journey as I am now able to use my knowledge and experience in healthcare operations and leadership and be laser-focused on community health improvement. More than that, I believe my eleven years of experience at Methodist Healthcare and my 20 years with HCA, the Methodist Healthcare Ministries 50/50 partner in the co-ownership of the healthcare system, will be valuable in building on the incredible work the Ministries has accomplished over the last 23 years.”
As President & CEO of Methodist Healthcare System, Wesolowski is responsible for a network of nine acute care facilities serving Bexar and 26 surrounding counties. Methodist Healthcare System is also San Antonio’s second largest private employer with more than 10,000 team members, and 2,700 physicians in all specialties.
Under his direction, Wesolowski led the System to earn state and national recognition for its quality improvement, patient safety and satisfaction efforts—including winning the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2014, demonstrating the highest level of quality in the state of Texas.
Wesolowski has also been responsible for navigating the unique partnership between HCA Healthcare and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the co-owners of the System. Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ role as co-owner is to provide local governance and oversight of the quality and charitable activities of the Methodist Healthcare System. The partnership with HCA Healthcare is what supports the services and programs Methodist Healthcare Ministries operates across 74 counties in South Texas.
Alice Gannon, who was elected as chair of the Methodist Healthcare Ministries board of directors in June, emphasized how critical the partnership with HCA Healthcare is to Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ business model. “Jaime brings with him a skill set and understanding of what will be required to maintain and bolster that partnership for the benefit of our community, patients and clients well into our future.” Mrs. Gannon emphasized however, that it is the shared mission of “Serving Humanity to Honor God,” between the System and Methodist Healthcare Ministries that has made the partnership truly successful.
Locally, Wesolowski has been an avid supporter of the American Cancer Society and other cancer-related organizations. He and his wife, Lori, co-chaired the 2010 American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Gala. He also chaired the Gala in 2016 with other executives of Methodist Healthcare, along with their spouses. He is Chair of the American Cancer Society’s South Texas Area board of directors and he most recently was appointed as Chair to the newly created South Region Advisory Cabinet, covering eight states from Arizona through Alabama. Jaime believes his personal experience as a cancer survivor has given him more defined insight and compassion to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
“We were blessed to have a strong example of servant leadership in his predecessor, Kevin C. Moriarty, who faithfully served Methodist Healthcare Ministries for 22 years,” said George Ricks to the organization’s 400+ employees during a special gathering where the announcement was made. “We will continue to build upon our strong foundation as we grow and move towards the future, always striving to live up to our mission of “Serving Humanity to Honor God.”
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. Guided by its mission of "Serving Humanity to Honor God," Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ vision is to be the leader for improving wellness of the least served. The mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries' one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System, the largest healthcare system in South Texas, which creates a unique avenue to ensure that it continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed. For more information, visit www.mhm.org.