April 01, 2019
Evan Ray, FACHE has been named executive vice president and chief administrative officer at HCA Houston Healthcare, beginning April 1.
In this newly-created role, Ray will focus on expanding HCA Houston Healthcare’s service footprint with an integrated approach to network access, regional outreach, hospital operations and strategic planning. His scope of responsibility will support quality, service, and growth goals spanning eight hospitals, emergency services, human resources, marketing, planning, and rural outreach.
“An engaged, quality-driven workforce and optimal hospital operations are critical elements as we continue to fulfill our mission to deliver the highest quality healthcare to our community,” said Troy Villarreal, president of HCA Houston Healthcare. “Evan’s experience and insight will help us achieve accelerated growth and transformation in these critical areas, as well as support our goals of exceptional quality, service and excellence in patient care. Evan is the right person to lead these key areas as we begin a pivotal new chapter in our service to the greater Houston community.”
Ray most recently served as president of St. Vincent’s Birmingham and St. Vincent’s Chilton hospitals, a division of Ascension Health, in Birmingham, Alabama. St. Vincent encompasses 472 beds and 2,450 full-time employees. In this position, he integrated and aligned physician enterprises, expanded care delivery centers, enhanced programs and provided oversight to all essential access points throughout the St. Vincent’s health system. His leadership expanded multiple service lines, improved patient care, strengthened physician engagement and enhanced emergency services.
Ray began his career at St. Vincent’s Health System in 2012. He launched several multi-campus hospital and service line expansions, developing physician alignment initiatives that enabled the expansion of quality offerings for the community.
“I’m excited about building on the HCA Houston Healthcare’s success and working with our physicians and colleagues to develop best-in-class patient satisfaction,” said Ray.
Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Mississippi State University, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. As associate member and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Ray’s accomplishments have been recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as a “Birmingham Healthcare Leader to Know” from 2012-2018. He was also an esteemed member of the Birmingham Business Journal's 2016 "Top 40 under 40."
About HCA Houston Healthcare
HCA Houston Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare in the Houston area, where excellent trained physicians, nurses and allied health professionals treat almost a million patients and provide more than $2 billion in charity care every year. With an employee base of 15,000, HCA Houston Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 15 hospitals, nine outpatient surgery centers, eight freestanding emergency centers and 11 freestanding diagnostic imaging facilities in the greater Houston area. For more information, visit www.HCAHoustonHealthcare.com.
HCA Houston Healthcare is part of HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division, a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 18 hospitals, nine ambulatory care centers, 12 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division affiliated hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. HCA Gulf Coast Division is part of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 185 hospitals in the United States and England.