By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Dr. Sandra Wright has stepped down as CEO of Tyler County Hospital after serving in the position for 18 years.
According to Ken Jobe, chairman of the Tyler County Hospital District Board of Managers, Wright approached the board about retirement last week. On Monday, the board appointed Sondra Williams as the hospital’s interim CEO.
“We wish Dr. Wright well in her retirement,” Jobe said. “Eighteen years is a long time and shows dedication to Tyler County and to the hospital.”
Jobe said that at present there are no plans to search for a new CEO.
Williams, who has worked at TCH for 19 years and served as CNO since 2008 says there has been “a stir of excitement” around the hospital. “We’re working to bring some patients back into our system for healthcare,” she said.
TCH hired a new physician, Dr. Natalia Ivanova, who began working for TCH on Tuesday, according to Williams. Williams said the Family Medical Clinic and the walk-in clinic for sick and acute care are both seeing success and provide quality healthcare to Tyler County residents.
Williams said that the operations of the clinic have been delegated to Scott McCluskey, who handles finance and Janay Gilbert who is in charge of clinic operations.
Williams said that in addition to the infusion clinic that operates in the hospital on Wednesdays via the Baptist Hospital network, TCH offers a variety of other specialty services, including urology and mental health services.
“We want to become the heart of Tyler County for healthcare,” she said.