Trinity, Texas - Brett Kirkham, who has led ETMC Mount Vernon for nearly two-and-a-half years, has been named the administrator of ETMC Trinity, effective Jan. 9, announced Jerry Massey, ETMC's senior vice president of affiliate operations.
Kirkham succeeds Warren Robicheaux at ETMC Trinity. Robicheaux has been named the new administrator of ETMC Quitman, where he will provide leadership during the construction of a new critical access hospital for that community.
"Brett has served as an exemplary leader at ETMC Mount Vernon, and I am confident that he will work very closely with the staff and physicians at ETMC Trinity to ensure excellent care for our patients and a bright future for healthcare services in Trinity County," Massey said.
Kirkham began as ETMC Mount Vernon's assistant administrator in August 2009, and was promoted to hospital administrator in March 2010. During his time there, he increased patient volumes and satisfaction in the hospital's emergency department, successfully recruited a family medicine physician to the hospital's rural health clinic and led efforts to enhance the hospital's integration in community events, which resulted in a significant increase in inpatient and outpatient volumes. Previously, he served as an administrative resident at ETMC Pittsburg, where he worked to coordinate the department-by-department move into the new hospital, which opened in 2009.
"I am very excited by the construction project underway at ETMC Trinity and the enhanced level of care that we will provide to patients when it is completed," Kirkham said. "I look forward to working with the excellent hospital staff, physicians and board members to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality care that we can provide."
Kirkham is a graduate of Texas A&M University, earning a bachelor of science degree in biomedical sciences and a master of health administration degree from the university's School of Rural Public Health. He is a native of Corpus Christi.
He is a member of the Texas Hospital Association's Leadership Development Council and is a director of the Texas A&M MHA Alumni Association. While in Mount Vernon, he was a director of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce and a member of both the Mount Vernon Industrial Foundation and the Rotary Club.