CEO, Texas Re­gion, Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Modern Healthcare - - 2015 UP & COMERS - —Steven Ross John­son

“He’s ex­tremely strate­gic in his think­ing.” —Britt Reynolds, pres­i­dent of hos­pi­tal oper­a­tions

Grow­ing up in a farm­ing com­mu­nity in ru­ral In­di­ana, Eric Evans said he didn’t re­al­ize the ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to him.

“Com­ing out of col­lege, I think my un­der­stand­ing of the pos­si­bil­i­ties of what I could do was roughly lim­ited,” said the Rossville, Ind., na­tive about grad­u­at­ing from Pur­due Univer­sity.

Evans’ first ex­po­sure to a healthcare ca­reer came in 2004 while he was pur­su­ing grad­u­ate stud­ies at Har­vard Busi­ness School. An alum­nus who worked at Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Bos­ton pro­vided him with a first­hand look at the day-to-day du­ties of a hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Soon af­ter­ward, Evans came in con­tact with a re­cruiter from Tenet Healthcare Corp., which be­gan a ca­reer at the na­tional chain span­ning a decade that has been de­fined by his will­ing­ness to take on var­i­ous lead­er­ship roles, in­clud­ing CEO stints at four hos­pi­tals.

In April, Evans was named CEO of Tenet’s newly formed Texas Re­gion, where he over­sees 23 hos­pi­tals and more than 80 out­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties.

Britt Reynolds, Tenet’s pres­i­dent of hos­pi­tal oper­a­tions, said Evans’ abil­ity to adapt quickly and gain the trust and re­spect of his col­leagues and staff has been a key to his suc­cess. “He’s ex­tremely strate­gic in his think­ing,” Reynolds said. “He has high energy and is ex­tremely cre­ative in look­ing for al­ter­na­tives to any kind of strate­gic op­por­tu­nity that might ex­ist.”

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