WAXAHACHIE

Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Waxahachie will soon start a search for new leadership.

The hospital system confirmed president Chris York accepted a position as president of Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Grapevine. He started in his new role on Monday.

According to a 2014 Daily Light report, York served as Baylor Grapevine’s chief operating officer before joining the Waxahachie staff. He replaced Jay Fox in August 2014, after Fox was promoted within the hospital’s network.

He has more than 26 years of experience in the healthcare administration field, working in hospitals in Tennessee and Georgia before being recruited by Baylor in 2007.

“While it is bittersweet to say goodbye to the Waxahachie community that welcomed me and my family over these past four years, I know that this medical center will continue to flourish due to the strong culture focused on living out our mission as a Christian ministry of healing,” said York in a Baylor Scott and White media release. “Returning to Grapevine is a homecoming for me and my family. To that extent, I look forward to getting reacquainted with old friends and introduced to new ones. More importantly, it’s a great honor to help build upon the already strong legacy established by years of dedicated care teams providing safe and quality care to North Texas.”

As president, he oversaw the transition and opening of the new hospital at the intersection of Interstate Highway 35E and U.S. Highway 287, the closure of the Jefferson Street location, and managed the new hospital’s growth.

In March, York told the Daily Light the growth at the new hospital had prompted the completion of the sixth floor to be moved up. The sixth floor was left unfinished when the new facility first opened.

“All of the experts said that we would grow seven percent when we moved over. We grew 50 percent our first year,” he stated. “Then they said, ‘for your second year, and after that, you need to assume a normal growth rate of two to three percent.’ We grew another 50 percent our second year, and our third year we are looking at 35 percent.”

York explained before construction began on the sixth floor that the hospital was running at about 95 percent occupancy out of the 104 beds that it had available. The opening of the sixth floor brought the hospital’s capacity to 129 beds.

In total, the staff at the hospital has been increased from 337 at the Jefferson Street location to more than 850 people.

York also told the Daily Light in March that discussions were underway to construct a second bed tower.

Under his leadership, York reported the hospital was awarded a five-star rating from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2017. In the annual survey, 4,500 hospitals nationwide are evaluated. Of those hospitals, 337 earned this status, which included Waxahachie.

The Medicare website states the five-star rating measures nurse and doctor communication, the responsiveness of hospital staff, communication about medicine, discharge information, and care transition.

U.S. News and World Report gave Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Waxahachie four-out-of-five stars in its best regional hospitals ranking for 2017-18.

Pat Currie, president of hospital operations at Baylor Scott and White Health, praised York’s leadership.

“With a long history of exemplary leadership, Chris has the commitment and background needed to continue advancing our mission,” Currie said in a media release.

While a search is conducted to fill York’s role, he will continue to provide interim leadership at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Waxahachie.