Citing health care industry trends and hospital economics, Michael R. Williams, D.O., M.D., chief executive officer of Hill Country Memorial Health System has announced plans to postpone the planned inpatient facility that had been projected to break ground next year.
Dr. Williams recommended the move during an Oct. 14 joint meeting of the HCMHS Board of Trustees and members of the HCMH Foundation Executive Committee.
“Although a private-room facility that takes advantage of advances in design is compelling and I believe it’s the right project, I also firmly believe it’s just not the right time. I will be working diligently in the coming weeks to bring a new plan forward for the board’s consideration.”
Chris Avery, M.D., chairman of the HCMHS Board of Trustees, said the hospital “has a proud history of providing personalized, high-quality, cost-effective health care in facilities that strive to be best-in-class. We are extremely pleased that our new leader, Dr. Williams, has the courage and foresight to recommend changes that he feels will have a positive effect on our health system’s future.”
Dr. Williams has been on the hospital’s medical staff since 1995. After serving as interim CEO since May, he was officially named to the health system’s top post in August. “I have been humbled by the proud history of the institution and the people of this community who support it,” he said. “I sincerely and deeply appreciate everyone’s past and continued support.”