OKLAHOMA CITY (February 9, 2012) – After a national search, Joe Hodges, who has served as interim regional president/system vice president of SSM Health Care of Oklahoma since last September, was named today to fill the top post on a permanent basis effective Feb. 13.
Hodges replaces Chris Howard, who was appointed regional president/system vice president of SSM Health Care-St. Louis. Hodges has been with SSM Health Care for 20 years, having joined St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City as a part-time employee in the hospital’s business office in 1992. After being promoted six times, he became hospital president in 2005. He served in that role until becoming interim regional president/system vice president in September 2011.
SSM Health Care of Oklahoma is a health-care network that encompasses St. Anthony Hospital and Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City, two St. Anthony Healthplexes, and more than 20 affiliated hospitals.
"Joe's ability to achieve exceptional results and his commitment to innovation are widely known throughout both SSM Health Care and the state of Oklahoma,” said Bill Thompson, SSM President/CEO. "He has been instrumental in working with Oklahoma City officials to revitalize the Midtown area where St. Anthony is located."
Said Hodges: “I am extremely honored to be given the opportunity to serve in this new role and further the delivery of exceptional health care in our communities in Oklahoma in the same tradition and spirit as our founding sisters did more than a century ago.”
As president of St. Anthony, Hodges forged affiliations between the hospital and more than 20 rural hospitals in Oklahoma – under the Saints First initiative – offering a one-call line to facilitate the transfer of rural patients to St. Anthony for tertiary care. In January 2012, Hodges presided over the opening of two St. Anthony Heathplexes, the first free-standing emergency rooms in the state.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in health-care administration from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.