Lance Ames has been promoted to chief executive officer of South Texas Health System Edinburg and South Texas Health System Children’s, according to a company email.
Most recently, Lance served as the interim CEO at facilities in Edinburg and prior to that, chief operating officer at that location. Under his leadership, the hospital opened a new 26-bed inpatient unit dedicated to the care of surgical patients and the hospitals saw an increase in total surgeries by 8 percent over the prior year, the email said.
Prior to his role at Edinburg, Lance served as the Associate Administrator for Ambulatory Services with the South Texas Health System, where he was responsible for the daily operations of ambulatory services including two Freestanding Emergency Departments, two Wound Care and Hyperbaric programs, two Sleep Center programs, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Pediatric Endocrinology, Adult Endocrinology, and the McAllen Family Practice Residency program.
Additionally Lance previously served as the interim CEO of McAllen Heart Hospital and Associate Administrator at McAllen Medical Center. Lance began his UHS career as an Associate Administrator at South Texas Health System Edinburg and South Texas Health System Children’s.
Lance earned his Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.