October 4 2011 - TMF Announces Executive Appointments

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2011

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John Moore
Public Information Officer
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TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

TYLER, TX -- The Trinity Mother Frances Health System Board of Directors announced the appointments of Steven P. Keuer, MD as President and Chief Medical Officer and Gifford V. Eckhout, Jr., MD, MBA as Executive Vice President / Chief of Anesthesia. Both physicians have served in their respective roles on an interim basis following Dr. David Teegarden's retirement in April. Dr. Keuer previously served as Executive Vice President. Dr. Eckhout has served for many years as a Trinity Clinic physician and in other physician advisory positions.

Dr. Keuer, an Internal Medicine physician at Trinity Clinic, is a native of Houston, Texas. Dr. Keuer received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and is certified as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. His responsibilities include President and Chief Medical Officer of Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Chair of the System Quality and Safety Committee, Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Clinical Pastoral Education, and Chair of the Chiefs of Service Committee at Trinity Mother Frances.

Gifford V. Eckhout, Jr., MD, MBA, is a native of Denver. He has and will continue to serve as the head of Trinity Clinic Anesthesia. He received his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland and his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is certified in Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology and was named a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. Dr. Eckhout is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American College of Physician Executives and Texas Society of Anesthesiologists.

"With the appointments of Steve and Gifford, the Board wishes to affirm our commitment to the vital role that strong physician leadership plays in our organization and in our future. They bring a strong vote of confidence from the members of the Trinity Clinic and the System Board and round out our highly effective veteran leadership team," said Preston Smith, Chairman of the Trinity Mother Frances Health System Board.

Drs. Keuer and Eckhout complete the executive team of Trinity Mother Frances that also includes Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, President/CEO-TMFHS and Ray Thompson, FACHE, Executive Vice President/COO-TMFHS.

"The identity of great organizations is often measured by the success of the organization during a transition of executive leadership," said Roger N. Fowler, MD, Chairman of the Trinity Clinic Board of Directors. "I completely agree with their selection and am very proud to have Drs. Keuer and Eckhout as our leaders. I look forward to their expanded roles within our organization."

About Trinity Mother Frances
Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 300 physicians and mid-level providers representing 38 specialties in 34 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances, visit tmfhc.org.

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