Promoted from interim to permanent job following June shake-up,
Charles “Chuck” Stokes has been appointed president and CEO of the Memorial Hermann Health System, two weeks after he was promoted to the interim job following an abrupt shake-up atop the largest hospital network in the Houston area.
Stokes, who began his career as a registered nurse and and joined Memorial Hermann as its chief operating officer in 2008, succeeds Dr. Benjamin Chu, a highly touted executive who departed June 19 after just a year as CEO. Dan Wolterman, Chu’s predecessor, held the job 14 years.
“At a time when our industry is facing unprecedented challenges with declining reimbursements and escalating costs, I have every confidence Chuck has the experience and visionary leadership necessary to navigate our organization through this period of change and uncertainty,” Memorial Hermann Board Chair Deborah M. Cannon said in a statement.
Stokes, 63, said in a statement that he is “honored and humbled” by the appointment.