Ramos, who took the position as CEO in Beeville about three years ago, said that the decision to leave was not an easy one.
“I got an opportunity to be executive director for both Shoreline and Memorial combined, which is a pretty big job,” he told county commissioners during their meeting Monday.
“Career-wise, I think it was the best strategy for me to continue on my health care career.”
Ramos said that they have already found his replacement.
Nathan Tudor will begin at about the same time as or slightly before Ramos heads south.
“I will be starting Jan. 6 back in Corpus,” Ramos said. “I will be back here with him to hand off the baton.”
Ramos has without a doubt made his mark on the hospital.
He has been with Christus Spohn Health System for about 21 years and has held various administrative positions throughout his tenure with the organization.
Most recently, residents have likely seen the changes that are going on at the emergency room.
When the emergency room was first built, it was meant to handle about 50 or so patients a day. But times have changed, and the town has grown. That number is up to 60 and 70 patients, which is putting a strain on resources.
Among the improvements patients will see with the redesign is an improved fast track room to handle smaller, non-life-threatening emergencies.
That is really just the tip of the iceberg regarding the improvements.
A few areas are being modified to allow nurses to keep an eye on patients both inside the emergency room and in the waiting room.
Sliding glass doors are replacing some of the wooden doors inside the area so that nurses can closely monitor critical patients.
Half walls are replacing solid walls, again to provide visibility to rooms hidden from the view of nurses and doctors.
Costing between $850,000 to 900,000, the renovation will help the hospital deal with the estimated 14 percent increase in emergency room patients.
Ramos said that the work is still on track for completion by next year.
“We are in phase three, and we are moving full speed ahead on that,” he said.
Tudor will be taking over the expansion project when he arrives at the beginning of January.
Tudor is no stranger to the area.
He served as CEO at Otto Kaiser memorial Hospital from September 2010 until December 2012.
From there he headed to Deridder, La., where he now serves as CEO at Beauregard Memorial Hospital.
According to the Christus Spohn newsletter, “Nathan’s passion involves physician relations, community outreach for wellness and associate and patient satisfaction.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.