HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS
Bob Hemker will leave the top finance role at Palomar Health and become the system’s president and CEO effective Aug. 15.
Hemker, 59, has served as CFO of the Escondido, Calif.-based system for the past 13 years and has more than 30 years of healthcare experience.
He will replace Michael Covert, who has led Palomar since 2003. Covert announced last month that he will be leaving the organization to become CEO of CHI St. Luke’s Health in Houston. Palomar is a public health district with two hospitals and three medical campuses.
Dan McKay has been named CEO of Sparks Health System, Fort Smith, Ark., and Summit Medical Center, Van Buren, Ark., effective in August. Both are affiliated with Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn.
For the past five years, McKay, 48, has been CEO of Northwest Health System, Springdale, Ark., also affiliated with CHS. Prior to serving as CEO at Northwest, McKay was a VP at CHS, supporting the management of operations at system hospitals across the U.S.