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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.


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