Woodland Heights CEO Lance Jones resigning

LUFKIN, TX (December 22, 2008) - After four and a half years as chief executive officer of Woodland Heights Medical Center (WHMC), Lance Jones has made the decision to resign his leadership position effective February 3.  Jones has accepted the position of chief executive officer at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC.

"It's with mixed emotions that I step down as CEO," said Jones. "Although a new opportunity awaits me, there is also sadness as I leave behind a talented team. It has been a pleasure and privilege to lead Woodland Heights Medical Center. WHMC is a strong organization with dedicated board members, staff and physicians. I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last few years and know the hospital's success will continue long into the future."

During his tenure, Jones' spearheaded many new hospital developments including a major facility renovation project, the opening of an ambulatory surgery center and freestanding imaging center, the recruitment of new physicians in specialties such as cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, family practice, neurology, orthopedics,  internal medicine and otolaryngology.  The hospital team has also achieved both national and state recognition for quality including the Texas Medical Foundation Award, hospital distinction awards for cardiovascular and orthopedic care, Texas Nurse Friendly Designation among many others. In addition, Jones has brought advanced technology to the market such as advanced cardiovascular capabilities and procedures including the area's only bi-plane cardiac imaging system and first transmyocardial laser revascularization.

"Lance's leadership has been tremendous, and we respect his decision to pursue a new opportunity," said Rick Martin, D,O., chairman of the WHMC board of trustees. "Lance is a fine person with a personal style that promotes a team approach. We have appreciated his involvement in the community and his dedication to the board, employees, medical staff and our patients. He has been instrumental in the growth and success of WHMC and provided strong and visionary leadership. He will be sincerely missed, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."

The search for a new CEO is under way.