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Published:  July 10, 2012

St. Luke's Sugar Land Appoints Chief Executive Officer

Robert A. Heifner has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital (SLSL) and vice president of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System (SLEHS), effective July 9.

Prior to joining the St. Luke’s Family, Mr. Heifner served as CEO of Mainland Medical Center, a 223-bed acute care hospital, where he successfully managed a merger with Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and integrated Medical Staffs and Boards of Trustees under one set of Bylaws and created a Community Advisory Board to strengthen the hospital’s relationship with the community.

During his tenure at the HCA hospital, Mr. Heifner made significant strides in the clinical service line development including increased outpatient revenue and inpatient referrals with the development of a new Occupational Medicine Program; opened an Emergency Express Care clinic to relieve the hospital’s ED throughput and an Intermediate Care Unit to relieve ICU congestion and the development of a new Thoracic Surgery program.

Under his leadership, Mainland Medical Center’s operational performance included a 2011 “Top Hospital” designation for excellence in Core Measures and commended as a “Best Practice” for Emergency Department throughput by The Joint Commission; and the creation of a Rapid Response program resulting in a reduction in Code Blue calls by 52 percent.

“Mr. Heifner’s accomplishments are aligned with St. Luke’s strategic mission of leading a strong and successful hospital in a growing community like Sugar Land,” said David S. Koontz, senior vice president, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System.

Previous positions include Chief Operating Officer and Ethics & Compliance Officer for Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas; and Vice President of Operations at Tulane University Medical Center in Louisiana.

His varied community involvement include serving on the Board of Directors for the Texas City/LaMarque Chamber of Commerce, Galveston County Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Bay Area Council Executive Board of Directors, Texas City ISD Foundation, and Galveston County Health District and a member of the Texas City Rotary Club.

The Fellow of American Healthcare Executives completed a master’s in healthcare administration at Tulane University and received a MBA and a bachelor of science from Louisiana Tech University.

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