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July 19, 2018

Allen Harrison will be the next CEO of Methodist Healthcare System. COURTESY OF KOREY HOWELL | METHODIST HEALTHCARE

W. Scott Bailey, Senior Reporter, San Antonio Business Journal

Methodist Healthcare System has selected Allen Harrison to be its next CEO.

Harrison is CEO of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital, which are in the South Texas Medical Center and have undergone extensive expansions. He brings a deep understanding of the unique partnership between the San Antonio-based hospital system and its two equal co-owners — HCA and Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas.

Harrison will succeed Jaime Wesolowski, who was recently named to be the next CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. While the transition dates for both have not been announced, Harrison's transition could take up to 60 days, the hospital system said.

Dan Johnson, chairman of Methodist Healthcare's board of governors, said Harrison has a “combination of experiences that made him an ideal fit for the promotion. His résumé includes experience in business development, physician relations, biomedical engineering and clinical work."

Harrison “was our unanimous decision” as nearly 100 people from across the country applied, said Johnson, who chaired the national search for a new CEO.

Before joining Methodist, Harrison was CEO of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center from 2011 to 2017. Methodist officials said he has helped their multihospital system evolve culturally, instilling more ownership, empowerment and accountability.

“I am extremely humbled to lead this unique partnership between HCA and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, as I am convinced this is the optimal structure for maximizing benefits to patients and to the community,” Harrison said in a statement.

Wesolowski — who had planned to retire, previously telling the Business Journal it was time to step back and “take a deep breath” — said he will work with Harrison to help transform the delivery of health care in South Texas.

Methodist will now launch a separate search for a new CEO of its medical center campus.

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