With Wadley Medical Center's lobby colored in royal blue and white, the Boston-based Steward Health Care System ownership was formally introduced locally as Dr. Mike Callum, Executive Vice President of the Physician Services, visited Hope in a whirlwind trip to several of Steward's newly acquired properties on Monday.
With Wadley Medical Center’s lobby colored in royal blue and white, the Boston-based Steward Health Care System ownership was formally introduced locally as Dr. Mike Callum, Executive Vice President of the Physician Services, visited Hope in a whirlwind trip to several of Steward’s newly acquired properties on Monday.
Callum, who flew in from Boston on a private jet, was visiting both Wadley facilities in Texarkana and Hope, as well as hospital in Beaumont, Texas. While in Hope for a brief reception, Callum had a short closed door meeting with local hospital officials as well as a small invited group of Hope community leaders.
He then made an appearance in the main hospital lobby, where he addressed a contingent of Wadley Medical Center employees.
“The growth we have experienced is phenomenal; we now have 47,000 employees, 1,400 employed physicians in 36 hospital across 12 states and about $8 billion in revenue across all of our systems,” Callum said in his opening remarks.
“And, you guys are a big part of what we do. Our entire mantra in everything we do starts with with patient. I want everyone to remember that, everyday that you come to work,” he said.
“The whole premise of Steward Health Care is to keep care local in our communities, where we serve people best in a very high quality fashion. We want to keep as much care in this community as we can, and keep it here every single day,” Callum said.
Callum then returned to Texarkana for a 12 noon luncheon with a group of physicians before traveling to Beaumont.
Called a “Steward Welcoming Event,” a special advance marketing team of professional planners arrived and started setup at the Hope Wadley at 7:00 a.m. and actually stayed until 7:00 p.m. to greet most local employees.
“Steward wanted to welcome all the local employees to the Steward family with this special reception,” Texarkana Wadley Marketing Director Shelby Brown said, “And we are excited to be part of the Steward family now.”
The locally familiar maroon and white colors were mostly replaced with royal blue and white signage, decorations, table tops, balloons by women in coordinating outfits called “Branding Ambassadors,” lead by Ohio-based marketing specialist Trisha Jenkins, who had also led a similar event earlier at another Steward acquisition, Glenwood Regional Medical Center, three hours away in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Of Callum’s brief session with local officials, Brown said “He wanted to meet with some of the dignitaries, especially those who were involved with Wadley in negotiating the sale of the hospital to Wadley five years ago.”
As previously reported in the Hope Star in July, Steward Health Care System LLC bought out IASIS Healthcare LLC (IASIS), the owners of Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope as well as Wadley Regional Medical Center of Texarkana and Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, Louisiana. Steward had originally announced the then-proposed $2 billion deal in late May, and the deal was cleared by federal authorities as of Sept. 29.