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March 18, 2014

CEO Villarreal to leave Navarro Regional Hospital

Corsicana — After a little more than six years, Navarro Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Xavier Villarreal, 40, is leaving the hospital. He’ll become COO of Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi.

“I grew up in Corpus, born and raised in Corpus, which was one of the driving factors in even looking at this opportunity, was because it’s my hometown and I know the market,” Villarreal said. “All of my family, my parents as well as a number of aunts and uncles and cousins (are there).”

His replacement hasn’t been announced yet. The company has a CEO track program that grooms junior executives for the higher positions. It’s likely that some of those on the track will be brought in to interview for the position, Villarreal said.

“They’ve got a lot of strong candidates potentially ready to step into that position,” he said. “I’d guess within the next few weeks some candidates will be on site to start the process for replacing me.”

In addition to his work at the hospital, Villarreal has been active on the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce executive board, as well as the Corsicana Country Club board, and his a member of the Navarro County Rotary Club. His wife, Tiffany, is on the executive board for VOICE, Inc.

His family will stay here in Corsicana until the end of the school year. Their daughter attends the Early Childhood Academy, while their son attends Bowie Elementary.

“I have mixed emotions,” Villarreal said. “I’m excited but sad to be leaving some friends and what I think is a great community, but the opportunity from a career standpoint, it’s a great opportunity and it’s getting me back to my hometown.”

Since his arrival in Corsicana, Navarro Regional has done a significant overhaul in the emergency room, both in the physical plant as well as in personnel.

“We have a strong group of doctors back there, and a great staff,” Villarreal said. “We’ve had some improvements in patient satisfaction and recruited a lot of doctors.”

The challenge for the next CEO will be to continue to focus on growth, he said.

“Healthcare in general has seen some big challenges, both in volume and how we get paid,” Villarreal said. “The next CEO is going to have to continue with that growth strategy, continue to recruit doctors and add to the services. That’s going to be the central thing for us.”

Villarreal told the board of directors and the staff last week. His last day on the job will be March 28.


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