Stark named regional VP for South Texas Health System

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Charles “Chuck” Stark has been named regional vice president of South Texas Health System.

Stark’s appointment became effective June 29. He will oversee hospitals in the McAllen, Edinburg, Laredo and Eagle Pass markets.

Prior to joining South Texas Health System, Stark served as CEO of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, whose operations include a 645-bed acute care hospital specializing in heart and vascular services, women’s services, neurosciences and orthopedics, behavioral health and free-standing emergency department services.

He previously served in a number of leadership roles including president and CEO of Columbus Regional Health System (now Piedmont Columbus Regional) in Columbus, Georgia, president and CEO of Firelands Regional Health System in Sandusky, Ohio, and senior vice president of the acute care division of Health South Corporation (now Encompass Health) in Birmingham, Alabama.

Stark earned both his bachelor’s degree in psychology and holds Master’s degree in healthcare administration from Duke University.

“Chuck has extensive healthcare experience and a proven track record to help lead the South Texas market,” said Marvin Pember, executive vice president, UHS and president, acute care division. “We are thrilled to bring his expertise to such growing and thriving markets.

“I’m looking forward to joining South Texas Health System,” said Stark. “I’m glad to be part of a progressive, patient-centered and quality focused organization. I look forward to living in the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, assimilating with the warm friendly culture and becoming an active member of the South Texas communities.”