LEXINGTON — CHI Saint Joseph Well being formally welcomed new CEO Anthony A. Houston throughout an investiture service at Saint Joseph Hospital – a proper ceremony and custom that takes place to have a good time the set up of a brand new chief. The service got here as Houston concluded his first few weeks as CHI Saint Joseph Well being CEO, and president of Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East.
“As I’ve made my rounds throughout the ministry these first few weeks, I’ve requested these two easy questions – how lengthy have you ever labored at CHI Saint Joseph Well being, and what do you like most about working right here?” mentioned Houston. “Household, dwelling, neighborhood, belief and a love for one’s vocation are the themes that got here from my rounding, and I might recommend, the DNA threads that make CHI Saint Joseph Well being a particular and particular ministry. I’m really blessed to serve with you, and I can let you know that I really like what I do, and I really like doing it right here.”
Houston has greater than 20 years of well being care management expertise and joined CHI Saint Joseph Well being from CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, the place he was the president and market COO. He beforehand served as president of CHI St. Vincent in Scorching Spring, Arkansas. Like CHI Saint Joseph Well being, CHI Memorial and CHI St. Vincent are a part of the southeast division of CommonSpirit Well being.
Houston has been keen about CHI Saint Joseph Well being lengthy earlier than taking over this new function of CEO. Whereas Houston is initially from Cincinnati, his father was born in Stanford and raised in Rockcastle County. At age 12, the senior Anthony Houston, was hit by a automobile whereas using his bike. He was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital and, over the course of three weeks, had a number of surgical procedures on his legs. He attributed his survival to the care he acquired at Saint Joseph Hospital, and Tony Houston mentioned he wouldn’t be right here right now if not for the care his father acquired at Saint Joseph Hospital.
Houston, whose grandfather was a dairy farmer in Rockcastle County, says he was dedicated to his neighborhood and liked serving Kentuckians. Houston says he seems ahead to main CHI Saint Joseph Well being and the sufferers it serves throughout Kentucky with this identical dedication his grandfather as soon as exemplified.
“My grandfather liked what he did and liked doing it for his neighborhood,” mentioned Houston. “That very same dedication to top quality, service, accountability and a ardour for doing good for others fires my drive to do that work right here at CHI Saint Joseph Well being.”
Within the Catholic custom, the ceremony additionally included prayer, a scripture studying, the commissioning of Houston, a blessing and a presentation of presents, which included a Christ Candle, a Saint Joseph Bible and a bit of artwork representing the CHI Saint Joseph Well being emblem. The candle represents a supply of sunshine to information Houston’s path as he begins his journey. The Bible represents a supply of hope and reality to seek out solutions in main the well being system, and the emblem, created by Lexington glass artist Dan Barnes, distinguishes CHI Saint Joseph Well being from others and is a reminder of Houston’s service to the well being care system’s therapeutic ministry.
A number of representatives from CHI Saint Joseph Well being’s amenities throughout Kentucky attended the occasion, and the ceremony was broadcast through livestream to all staff. Different company included Bishop John Stowe of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, CHI Saint Joseph Well being board members, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Houston’s spouse Rebecca Houston, and his mother and father Anthony and Joan Houston.