Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
OU Medical System, one of Oklahoma’s largest and most comprehensive health care systems, has announced the selection of Charles L. Spicer Jr. as the next president and CEO effective Jan. 1. Spicer will assume the role presently held by Cole C. Eslyn, who is retiring at the end of the year after 35 years in the health care industry.
Spicer currently serves as the chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, having served first as the chief operating officer of OU Medical Center. Spicer’s new role oversees all entities of OU Medical System, a licensed 776-bed system comprised of three hospital facilities — OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and OU Medical Center–Edmond.
“Chuck has an outstanding record of success at The Children’s Hospital, a much-deserved reputation as a respected leader, and a passion for our hospitals, patients and employees that is second to none. These and many other attributes made him the hands-down choice as the next president and CEO of OU Medical System. I am confident that Chuck will excel in his new role and continue and enhance the culture of excellence, education, caring and innovation that defines OU Medical System,” said James C. Scoggin Jr., president of HCA North Texas. HCA partners with the University Hospitals Authority and Trust to operate OU Medical System.
Under Spicer’s leadership, The Children’s Hospital set record admissions, ER visits and surgical volumes while patient satisfaction scores showed significant increases. Other successes included the development of a pediatric cardiovascular institute, the expansion of the pediatric residency neonatal/perinatal programs, physician recruitment and the creation of a pediatric hospitalist program. Spicer’s responsibilities as Children’s CEO also included select adult acute care services including imaging, radiology services, laboratories and system-wide strategic planning.
Prior to his time with OU Medical System, Chuck served in executive leadership positions within the University of Texas Health System and with Texas Health Resources in Dallas. He received a master’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Spicer serves as an ex-officio member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board and the OU Medical Center Board of Trustees. He also serves on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and developed the Children’s Hospital Health Alliance, a consortium of local agencies with missions in support of Children’s Hospital.