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After more than 40 years of service in Seventh-day Adventist health care, Ken Finch will retire from his position of president/CEO for Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South, in Fort Worth, Texas, and president/CEO for the Southwest Region of AdventHealth on December 31, 2019. At that time, Finch will also retire from his roles as board chairman for AdventHealth Central Texas (previously Metroplex Health System) in Killeen, Texas, and Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, Texas.
Finch has served in his current role since 2009, where under his leadership Texas Health Huguley opened a new six-story patient tower in 2016. Finch was also instrumental in implementing a partnership with Texas Health Resources in 2012, as well as planning and building Texas Health Hospital Mansfield, a joint venture between AdventHealth and Texas Health Resources that is expected to open in late 2020.
“Ken has been the quintessential servant leader who has helped our two organizations effectively collaborate to serve the people of south Fort Worth and surrounding areas,” said Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan. “We’ll miss his leadership, but we know he walks away with a proud legacy of caring for those in need and that his contributions will continue to have a lasting impact on the communities he’s touched.”
Finch’s career with AdventHealth includes serving as president/CEO for AdventHealth Central Texas for 12 years. He also served as president/CEO and vice president of finance/CFO at Adventist Health Castle (previously Castle Medical Center) in Kailua, Hawaii, for a combined 11 years. From 1980 to 1986, Finch served as assistant vice president and controller for a region of AdventHealth, then called Adventist Health System. His health care career began in 1978 as an accountant for AdventHealth Shawnee Mission in Kansas, then called Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
“Ken has had a tremendous impact on AdventHealth, especially in our Southwest Region,” said Randy Haffner, president/CEO of the Multi-State Division for AdventHealth. “His leadership in bringing partners including Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Resources into our system will have a lasting legacy for our hospitals, team members and patients. Under his direction, Texas Health Huguley has excelled in mission impact, quality, safety, patient experience and team member engagement. The hospital is well-positioned for continued success and growth, and our leadership team is very thankful for Ken’s service over many years.”
Ken attended Southwestern Adventist University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in health care administration. He then attended Avila College in Kansas City where he received a Master of Business Administration.
“I connect deeply with the mission of AdventHealth and it has been a privilege to serve the organization and our team members and patients as a leader for so many years. Texas Health Huguley has a very bright future. While I will miss being part of the organization and interacting regularly with my colleagues, our team members and our patients, I am excited for the opportunity to enter the next season of my life,” said Finch, 63. “I especially look forward to spending time with family, traveling, playing tennis and beginning my next chapter in auto racing. I expect I will find a way to contribute what I have learned in health care leadership in another professional role in the years to come.”
AdventHealth has begun the search for a new president/CEO for Texas Health Huguley and expects to name Finch’s successor before the end of the year.