Welcome New President & CEO, Jaime Wesolowski
By Alice Gannon, chair, board of directors
Monday, Oct. 1 was a truly momentous day in the life of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. We celebrated the grand opening of our Dixon Health & Wellness Center and dedicated the building in honor of its namesake, Bishop Ernest T. Dixon, Jr. We were joined by partners, community and civic leaders, stakeholders and members of the faith community to reflect on Bishop Dixon’s legacy and celebrate all the center will do in furthering his life’s work. The importance of the day was punctuated by the introduction of our new President & CEO, Jaime Wesolowski,
|Pictured Left to Right: Kevin C. Moriarty, former president & CEO; Marc Raney, interim CEO; and Jaime Wesolowski, current president and chief executive officer of Methodist Healthcare Ministries.|
whose first official act was to welcome the community into the center along with two very special guests: Kevin C. Moriarty, who served as Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ first president and CEO for more than 20 years, and Marc Raney, who most recently served as interim CEO since Kevin’s retirement last year. Methodist Healthcare Ministries is extraordinarily fortunate and blessed to have had such wonderful testaments to servant leadership guide the organization since our inception. I have no doubt Kevin and Marc will provide Jaime invaluable support and encouragement as he helps the organization continue to grow and thrive.
While the role of CEO at Methodist Healthcare Ministries is new to Jaime, he is certainly not new to the organization or the healthcare community in South Texas. For the last 11 years, Jaime served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Methodist Healthcare System, which Methodist Healthcare Ministries co-owns with HCA Healthcare. As President & CEO of Methodist Healthcare System, Jaime was responsible for a network of nine acute care facilities serving Bexar and 26 surrounding counties. Under his direction, the System earned 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.
Jaime is also known in our community as a champion for cancer prevention and research and has been a passionate supporter the American Cancer Society and other cancer-related organizations. He is Chair of the American Cancer Society’s South Texas Area board of directors and was recently appointed as Chair to the newly created South Region Advisory Cabinet, covering eight states from Arizona through Alabama. We are proud of Jaime’s continued advocacy in the community and are glad to support him in those important efforts.
In addition to the usual routines of a chief executive officer and executing the board’s strategy for community health, Jaime’s role at Methodist Healthcare Ministries will include overseeing the local governance and the quality and charitable activities of the Methodist Healthcare System. Jaime brings a wealth of experience and expertise that uniquely positions him to advance this critical element of our mission. He will no doubt bring tremendous value to our partnership with HCA Healthcare as well as the 90+ partnerships Methodist Healthcare Ministries has enjoyed for over 20 years with Federally Qualified Health Centers, safety net clinics, and other providers and advocates that increase access to care for low-income, uninsured families across South Texas.
In scripture, Peter asks that “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms,” (1 Peter 4:10); it is apropos for Jaime as he was a wonderful steward of Methodist Healthcare System. We on the board of directors have the greatest faith that Jaime will advance Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ mission and vision to become the leader for improving wellness of the least served to new heights.
It is my pleasure and great joy to welcome Jaime to the organization on behalf of the board of directors.