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Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Names New President

T. Douglas Lawson will also remain as CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives in Texas. The hospital has had problems with its heart transplant program and other difficulties.

After months of problems with its heart transplant program and other difficulties, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center announced Monday the appointment of T. Douglas Lawson as its new president.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has also initiated a review of a patient death that occurred after emergency room care at the hospital. The patient died after a blood transfusion, receiving the wrong type.

The hospital said president Gay Nord, Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Nitschmann, MSN, RN, and Senior Vice President of Operations David Berger, MD, have left their roles. Marc Shapiro, chairman of the hospital's Board of Directors, said the board “believes aggressive action is needed to address” the current situation.

T. Douglas Lawson was named president of Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center following the departure of former president Gay Nord.
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T Douglas Lawson.

Lawson, who will keep his position as CEO of the Texas Division of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), said they are “a 90-day plan that will include new initiatives in the areas of clinical excellence, patient experience, and workplace culture.”

Before joining the CHI Texas Division, Lawson served at the Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health as president of both the organization's North Texas Central Region and Baylor University Medical Center.