WESLACO – A new leader took the reins at Knapp Medical Center on Monday as the first CEO appointed under the ownership of the Prime Healthcare Foundation.
Bill Adams, former CEO of Harlingen’s Valley Baptist Medical Center, is now the regional CEO of both Knapp and Harlingen Medical Center.
Prime recently took over both hospitals. California-based corporation Prime Healthcare Services bought Harlingen Medical Center in December 2011 and its nonprofit branch acquired Knapp in January.
A Monday news release from Luis Leon, president of operations for Prime Healthcare Services, confirmed Adams’ appointment and praised his healthcare experience, particularly in Harlingen.
Adams worked for Valley Baptist from 1983 to 2004 and then – after a few years in West Virginia – returned to the hospital as CEO in 2010, according to a biography on its website.
Spokesmen for Knapp and Prime did not respond to any additional questions Monday, including how Knapp’s administration will be structured under Adams or what Adams’ salary will be.
Knapp’s former CEO, Jim Summersett, had a salary of $1.2 million in 2010, the most recent year that the information is publicly available through online IRS filings.
Summersett became a Dallas-based regional executive for Prime in January and Dinah Gonzalez has been acting as interim CEO since that time. Knapp did not clarify whether she would retain that title under Adams or not.
Spokespeople at Valley Baptist refused to say when Adams left that hospital, or what the circumstances of his departure were.
Adams could not be reached for comment Monday.
Elizabeth Findell covers PSJA and the Mid-Valley. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, (956) 683-4428 or on Twitter, @efindell.