Calling it an "opportunity of a lifetime," Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center CEO Jonathan Davis has accepted the position of president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Calling it an "opportunity of a lifetime," Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center CEO Jonathan Davis has accepted the position of president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Davis, 39, joined Mt. Carmel in the fall of 2006 and will remain in his current position until Sept. 25. He announced his impending resignation from Mt. Carmel Tuesday morning.
"Sometimes opportunities come our way when we least expect them," Davis said. "The support I've received from the Mt. Carmel Board of Trustees, medical staff and employees has been outstanding and very much appreciated by me and my family."
In a statement released today, Pamela J. Stoyanoff, Methodist Health System chief operating officer and executive vice-president, said Davis was chosen for his "proven track record in operational excellence."
“Mr. Davis is an experienced executive with a proven track record in operational excellence,” Stoyanoff said. “He is skilled in planning and visioning, business development, medical staff and employee engagement, systems development and market-share growth. Mr. Davis enjoys service to the community, and building and working with teams of professionals to improve organizational quality and financial performance.”
Randy Peterson, senior vice-president of regional operations for Via Christi Health System, of which Mt. Carmel is a part, said a selection committee to find Davis' replacement at Mt. Carmel will form as early as next week. He said it could take anywhere from 60 to 120 days before a new hospital CEO is named.
"You don't want to rush this decision," Peterson said. "You want to get the right person in the spot."
Davis was approached about a month ago by the Texas hospital, but said at the time that he was not looking to leave his Mt. Carmel job. But after discussions with the MCMC leadership and his family, Davis decided the job was a "good fit."
"It's a large organization," he said. "It's about three to four times the size of this one. I'm 39 years old and this is an opportunity of a lifetime for someone my age. But it's certainly hard to leave."
Davis joined Mt. Carmel in 2006 after serving for four years as CEO of the St. Anthony's Medical Center in Morrilton, Ark. Under his leadership, Mt. Carmel experienced a wealth of growth and advancement. He was instrumental in founding a partnership in the Midwest Cancer Alliance; an agreement with Eagle-Med to provided a dedicated critical care air ambulance service and an aggressive physician recruitment plan.
Davis also oversaw nearly $7 million in new construction projects, including the Erickson ICU and Cardiac Step-Down Unit, as well as the addition of a QuickCare service.
"Mt. Carmel is in a really good position, in that through his leadership, we have a really good strategic plan and we have a master site facility plan," Peterson said. "So we're in a great position. He put together a great team."
Ron Rhodes, president of the hospital’s board of trustees, praised Davis for creating a "sense of collegiality between the physicians, staff and administration."
"Our community enjoys some of the best healthcare in the region thanks to their efforts,” he said. “We'll miss Jonathan, but know that the team at Mt. Carmel will continue its pursuit of excellence for our patients."