Jim Kendrick, CEO

Jim Kendrick joins ten Oklahoma hospitals affiliated with Community Health Systems as Network CEO. Kendrick will oversee efforts to further enhance quality, improve access to care and expand services for patients across Oklahoma.
“Formalizing the hospitals and clinics into a health network will help us accelerate the plans we have to enhance the care we provide,” said Kendrick. “Together, we’ll leverage the resources and connections among us and with community partners to reinforce growth, strengths and goals of each hospital and our network.”
Kendrick began his hospital career in Oklahoma. He has two decades of executive healthcare management experience, serving in leadership roles at hospitals and healthcare organizations in Oklahoma, Mississippi and Texas. Most recently, Kendrick served as CEO of Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview, Texas. During his nearly 10 years at Longview, he led the organization through an expansion that almost doubled the number of licensed beds, added a new 21-bed NICU and remodeled all existing patient rooms.
“Jim has the right experience to guide our ten hospitals and clinics in expanding the services offered to the communities we serve,” said Charles Womack, MD, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Deaconess Hospital. “He has a strategic approach to managing healthcare organizations that will distinguish our network in Oklahoma.”
Hospitals in the network include Blackwell Regional Hospital, Clinton Regional Hospital, Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant, Marshall County Medical Center in Madill, Midwest Regional Medical Center in Midwest City, Deaconess Hospital – Oklahoma City, Ponca City Medical Center, Mayes County Medical Center in Pryor, Seminole Medical Center and Woodward Hospital. Midwest Regional Medical Center, Deaconess Hospital – Oklahoma City and Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma are owned, in part, by physicians.
The network also includes more than 70 affiliated medical practices and six home health agencies.