President and CEO
Jim Kendrick is the President and CEO for CHC, a national leader in advancing community-owned hospitals. Jim brings more than 20 years of executive experience in not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare to the CHC team.
Prior to CHC, Jim served with affiliates of Community Health Systems (CHS) for several years: CEO of AllianceHealth Oklahoma, a 10-hospital network with 70+ affiliated medical practices, six home health agencies, and 4,500 employees; CEO for Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC), Longview, Texas; and Chief Operating Officer for Wesley Medical Center of Hattiesburg, Miss. He is recognized for leading operational efficiency and hospital program growth, while continuously improving patient satisfaction, physician allegiance, and hospital reputation. During his tenure at LRMC, the hospital was named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s Best Places to Work in Health Care – 2009, and in 2010, he was named to Modern Healthcare’s Up & Comers.
Jim spent several years with Hillcrest Healthcare System (HHS) of Tulsa, Okla. As COO for Tulsa Regional Medical Center (TRMC), he helped establish this HHS facility as the primary teaching hospital for Oklahoma State University’s College of Medicine. Prior, Jim served as Vice President of Operations for HHS affiliate Hillcrest Medical Center & Kaiser Medical Center, also in Tulsa.
Active professionally and locally, Jim received the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Good Turn Award in 2014, served as Chairman of the Longview, Texas Chamber of Commerce, and as a Board member of the Longview Economic Development Corp.
Jim earned his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University-San Antonio, was an Administrative Resident for Hillcrest Medical Center-Tulsa, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Texas Permian Basin-Odessa. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
ADDITIONAL TEAM MEBERS:
Darlene Buckholt, Executive Assistant
Teresa Cook, Executive Assistant
Anne Hobbs, Receptionist/Office Assistant