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Hospital owner’s new CEO ready for “incredible calling”
September 26, 2018

Jaime Wesolowski is the new president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. CARLOS JAVIER SANCHEZ | SABJ

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

Eight months after confirming plans to retire as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System, Jaime Wesolowski is instead days away from a new step in his career. On Oct. 1, he will become president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. — the 50 percent nonprofit owner of the hospital system he has led the last 11 years.

Wesolowski takes over an organization that has had only one leader, Kevin Moriarty, since it was established in 1995. And his plans for the organization are as big as the shoes he will soon fill, even as political uncertainties and reimbursement challenges could shake the state of health care and the 70-plus South Texas counties that Methodist Healthcare Ministries serves.

On Moriarty’s watch, MHM has fought at the state and federal levels for the support needed to bring equity in care to many of Texas’ poorest communities. This year, the nonprofit has committed $26.7 million in community grants to 93 organizations in the state that will help narrow the gaps.

“Kevin has been an incredible leader,” Wesolowski said. “He has brought this organization to an amazing place.”

Kevin Moriarty is set to end his more than two-decade run as CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the 50 percent nonprofit owner of Methodist Healthcare System.

Kevin Moriarty is set to end his more than two-decade run as CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the 50 percent nonprofit owner of Methodist Healthcare System. FILE PHOTO

MHM’s new leader wants to build on those accomplishments.

“Being in my seat as a hospital operator, I’ve always wished we could affect a different part of the health care spectrum in a bigger way, but it wasn’t our job,” Wesolowski said. “Now, I get to do that. I will be very active from an advocacy standpoint.”

One of the new CEO’s plans is to apply to MHM the partnership-building efforts he implemented in leading Methodist Healthcare System through incredible growth.

“There are some organizations out there that are doing amazing things,” Wesolowski said. “I want to go learn from them. I want to go find the best of the best.”

He also intends to use his new role to address hospitals’ ongoing concerns regarding reimbursement.

Wesolowski said he could not have written a better script for himself and the way his career has played out.

“It’s an incredible calling,” he said.

Wesolowski, a cancer survivor, said in January he needed a break from the stress that comes with running a multihospital system in the nation’s seventh-largest city.

“I just felt it was time for me to do something different,” he said. “But turning 60, I knew I still had some years to do something.”

Succeeding Moriarty, Wesolowski said, "continues my journey with Methodist from a totally different seat.”

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