Doug Welch, Chief Executive Officer at Medical Center of Lewisville for the past six years, will head to Georgia in a similar role next month, hospital officials said Friday.
Welch was recently named the Chief Executive Officer of HCA’s Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia and will begin his new role on October 1st.
“Leaving Medical Center of Lewisville was an extremely hard decision for my wife and I to make because of the exceptional friendships we have developed over the years. Trust me when I say that Medical Center of Lewisville does, and will forever, be a very special place for us,” said Welch.
Welch joined the Medical Center of Lewisville leadership team in 2005. Prior to that he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving – a sister facility within HCA’s North Texas Division.
He obtained his Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia and Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Furman University. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
During his tenure at Medical Center of Lewisville, Welch oversaw the opening of a new $10 million Freestanding Emergency Department in November 2009 in Flower Mound.
In addition, the hospital has received multiple designations while under Welch’s appointment, HCA officials said.
Medical Center of Lewisville achieved Pathways to Excellence (Nursing) designation in 2007 and re-designation in 2010. The Human Motion Institute received Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification in Joint Replacement in 2008 and 2010. The hospital attained Chest Pain Accreditation Phase II from the Society of Chest Pain Centers in 2009. They received Joint Commission Certification for Inpatient Diabetes care in 2010 and Flower Mound Emergency Center was recognized for excellence in emergency care by the Emergency Nurses Association in 2011.
Welch has always been an active member in the community. He currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Board Development Chair for the HCA Hope Fund and is the Chair-Elect of the Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital Council. He is Treasurer of Christian Community Action, a non-denominational ministry that feeds, shelters, educates and trains families in need, and has served on multiple Chambers of Commerce Boards.
A nationwide search has already begun for Welch’s replacement and the hospital anticipates having a new Chief Executive Officer named before the end of the year.