HARKER HEIGHTS, TEXAS (July 8, 2020) – Seton Medical Center Harker Heights has appointed a new leader, Patrick Swindle, as chief executive officer (CEO). He will begin his new role on August 3, 2020. Swindle will succeed Zach Dietze who is transitioning to chief operating officer at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This will be Swindle’s third CEO posting, having successfully led both UT Health Pittsburg and UT Health Quitman in East Texas. Under Swindle’s leadership, UT Health Quitman improved from a three-star to a five-star CMS rating and UT Health Pittsburg improved from a three-star to a four-star rating. Both hospitals have ranked in the 90th percentile for patient experience as measured by HCAHPS.
“Patrick has a proven track record of enhancing patient experience and strengthening employee engagement. He has also had great success building strong relationships with the community and attracting great talent,” said Bob Williams, division president and CEO. “His leadership style will be a great fit for Seton Medical Center Harker Heights.”
Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Swindle in their annual 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know in 2020, Rising Stars: 66 Leaders in Healthcare under 40 in 2019, and 70 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know in 2019. He is a graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor of business administration degree and holds a masters of healthcare administration degree from The University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Seton Medical Center Harker Heights (SMCHH) is an 83-bed acute care hospital opened in 2012 in Harker Heights, Texas offering an array of services such as a Cardiology, Emergency Services and a Level IV Trauma Designated Emergency Room, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Total Joint Replacement, Gastroenterology, a dedicated Women’s Center, Diagnostic Services and more. We provide exceptional care through collaboration with our associates, physicians, volunteers and community partners. Our award-winning staff provides patient care with dignity and respect. We are Joint Commission Accredited, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, and Advanced Primary Stroke Center. SMCHH is a joint venture between the Austin-based Seton Healthcare Family and Nashville-based Ardent Health Services.