The chief executive of Saint Joseph Health System is leaving his post June 1 to join a health group in Dallas. Eugene Woods, right, will become executive vice president and chief operating officer of Christus Health, a system with facilities in 60 southern U.S. cities.
St. Joseph is best known for its two Lexington hospitals, but it also has hospitals in Bardstown, Berea, London, Martin, and Mount Sterling, and an ambulatory care center in Nicholasville. The Catholic system expanded under Woods’s watch to 1,012 beds, 5,000 employees and 1,300 physicians.
The move comes in the midst of St. Joseph’s negotiations for a merger with two hospitals in Louisville, Jewish Hospital and the University of Louisville. Woods said the merger discussions are going well, and St. Joseph’s interim leadership will be announced in two or three weeks, the Lexington Herald-Leader‘s Linda Blackford reports.