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St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Announces Changes in Management

Enid, Oklahoma, April 19, 2024 – St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center announces the resignation of Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chris Jones. Jones has served as the COO for St. Mary’s for over two years and has acted as Interim CEO since the retirement of Krista Roberts on December 1, 2023. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed and valued my time as COO at St. Mary’s,” said Jones. “Working with an organization that promotes positive outcomes and is nationally recognized for delivering quality patient care, has been an amazing experience that I will never forget. My family and I have established wonderful relationships with the people and organizations of Enid, which made the opportunity to relocate closer to family bittersweet.”

Jones’ resignation came on the heels of Stan Tatum’s retirement at the end of March. Tatum served as the Market Director of St. Mary’s Physician Associates (SMPA) since 2018. Currently the Chief Executive Officer position for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and the Market Director position for St. Mary’s Physician Associates have excellent candidates scheduled for interviews. Krista Roberts will be returning as Interim CEO for St. Mary’s until a new CEO is announced. Max Waits, Regional Director of Independent Physician Management, will be assisting with SMPA operations until a new Market Director is identified.

“As a community healthcare partner, it is extremely important for us to choose candidates who have the same quality-driven mentality and customer-centric focus that our patients expect from our physicians, specialists and staff,” said Stephanie Franken, St. Mary’s Chief Financial Officer. “We continue to take the healthcare needs and wellness of our community, friends, and family seriously. We are committed to finding leaders who will spearhead our forward momentum of providing quality healthcare and service excellence.”

“St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center appreciates the leadership and service of both Jones and Tatum,” said Heidi Hughes, Director of Marketing. “Our team is excited about the new ideas and opportunities that come with new leadership. Our focus is and always will be providing northwest Oklahoma residents with the best healthcare services available every patient, every time.”

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Blake Reese
Blake Reese is the Coeditor and Advertising Director for Enid Monthly. Writing and editing are passions of his, but he also enjoys the connections and relationships he gets to make by going out into the community. Blake is originally from Wichita, Kansas, but he relocated to Enid after graduating from college. He graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science accompanied by a minor in Communications. Blake definitely misses the city life from time to time, but he's happy to be a part of the Enid community.

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