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St. David’s Medical Center Names New Chief Operating Officer

St. David's HealthCare May 09, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s Medical Center has named Esther Chung as its new chief operating officer. She will assume her role on May 8, 2017.

Following completion of the St. David’s HealthCare administrative residency program, Chung served as assistant administrator at St. David’s Medical Center. She joined an internal executive development program in 2013 and has since served as the associate chief operating officer at St. David’s Medical Center. In this role, Chung oversaw executive administration of the bariatric program, St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital and The Breast Center, as well as a number of hospital services, including respiratory therapy; laboratory services; physician and vendor contracts; food and nutrition services; environmental services; volunteer services; and patient relations.

“Esther has effectively demonstrated her capabilities in these roles, and I am confident she will help us to further expand the level of care we provide to every patient, every day,” Don Wilkerson, chief executive officer of St. David’s Medical Center, said. “Her operational leadership will continue to be an asset to St. David’s Medical Center in this expanded role.”

Chung earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, with a minor in economics, and she received her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Chung is a member of the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas Board of Directors, as well as a mentor for the St. David’s Foundation Neal Kocurek Scholarship program. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in 2014 with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.

Located in central Austin, St. David’s Medical Center includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. It is home to the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

St. David’s Medical Center was recently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by earning a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating system, and it was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics from 2010 to 2017. Truven also named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group from 2012 to 2016, and it received the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades for the sixth consecutive year, as well as Healthgrades’ 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for the third consecutive year.

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