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San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) announced today that Harris F. Koenig has been named President and CEO of the hospital. Mr. Koenig succeeds former CEO Steven C. Moreau who left December 1, 2010, to become the CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California.
Over the last five years, Mr. Koenig has served as the CEO at Alvarado Hospital, LLC in San Diego, California. During his tenure at Alvarado, he was actively involved in a turnaround which reversed a trend of financial losses into a positive bottom line. He was active in improving the clinical quality of the hospital so that the majority of the current performance meausres are at or above the 90th percentile. He was also active in expanding and creating several new service lines for the hospital, including a successful Spine Center.
Prior to Alvarado, Mr. Koenig served as the Senior Vice President and COO at Centinela Freeman Health System, including the faith-based Daniel Freeman Memorial and Marina Hospitals for which he served as CEO prior to the system formation. Along with developing specialty centers in oncology, pediatrics, women's services, neurosciences and rehabilitation, Mr. Koenig assisted in the development and launch of a new medical campus as well as a physician joint venture company to acquire the three hospitals.
"Harris is an outstanding leader and as only the 6th CEO in the 106-year history of San Antonio Community Hospital will continue the tradition of high quality healthcare for our community. Harris' past experience fits well with our organization," explains Jim Milhiser, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "With healthcare reform on the horizon, the decisions we make over the next few years are going to be critical. San Antonio Community Hospital has a rich history in this community and with the addition of Harris Koenig as our CEO, we are well positioned to continue that legacy."
Mr. Koenig received his undergraduate degree in Economics at George Mason College of the University of Virginia and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Harris and his wife, Angela, have two adult daughters.
Vince Leist, Sr. Vice President and COO of San Antonio Community Hospital, has been serving as Interim-CEO. Mr. Leist recently led the organization in ground breaking ceremonies for the new emergency room and tower which will be complete in 2013. "I would like to thank Vince for his leadership and professionalism during this transitional time in our organization," says Jim Milhiser.
Mr. Koenig will formally begin his new role in early June, 2011. Says Koenig, "I am honored to have been selected to lead SACH into the future and look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, medical staff, hospital employees, and volunteers as we build upon the hospital's rich legacy of service to the community."