Covert takes on CEO, VP roles at CHI

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Who: Michael Covert, 65

Ap­pointed to:

CEO of CHI St. Luke’s Health, Hous­ton, and se­nior VP at Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives, Englewood, Colo., ef­fec­tive late Au­gust. Six-hospi­tal CHI St. Luke’s Health was pre­vi­ously known as St. Luke’s Epis­co­pal Health Sys­tem. CHI ac­quired St. Luke’s last year.

Pre­vi­ous po­si­tions:

Now serves as pres­i­dent and CEO of Palo­mar Health, a three-hospi­tal sys­tem based in Es­con­dido, Calif., a po­si­tion he’s held since 2003. He has more than 40 years of health­care man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing a stint as pres­i­dent and CEO of Sara­sota (Fla.) Me­mo­rial Health Care Sys­tem.

On the de­ci­sion to move:

“With all the var­i­ous con­stituency groups I’d be able to work with, I thought I could make a dif­fer­ence at St. Luke’s Health for the fu­ture. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to work with a very strong health sys­tem that has served its com­mu­nity for years and is rec­og­nized na­tion­ally, and to work with the Bay­lor Col­lege of Medicine on a joint ven­ture from an aca­demic side and the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Texas Heart In­sti­tute.”

On his lead­er­ship style:

“I would de­scribe it how my staff would de­scribe it: fo­cused, com­mu­nica­tive, ac­count­able. I think it’s im­por­tant for us to un­der­stand what we do ev­ery day and how it re­lates to our strate­gic mis­sions.”

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