St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center named a new chief executive officer Tuesday to replace outgoing CEO Stan Tatum.

The hospital’s board of governors named Krista Roberts to succeed Tatum, who is retiring from St. Mary’s after having served as CEO since 2010.

Roberts has served as the chief operating officer at the hospital and has more than 20 years of hospital leadership, according to a St. Mary’s press release.

“Roberts has played an integral role in helping St. Mary’s expand service lines, recruit physicians, achieve two Advanced Joint Commission Certifications, receive several quality awards and achieve operational results,” the press release stated.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Stan for his many years of service at the helm of St. Mary’s,” said Joseph Knapik, M.D., chairman of the board. “I am very pleased that his successor has been appointed from within St. Mary’s, with solid experience in operations, physician relations and business development.

“The board is confident Krista’s track record, personality and vision will enable her to effectively lead the hospital as it continues to provide quality health care to the people of Northwest Oklahoma,” Knapik said in the press release.

The press release listed a number of Roberts’ civic and community activities, including serving on the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Board; Leadership Oklahoma Board; Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, and Autry Technology Center Foundation. She has also served on the United Way Board, Red Cross and others, the press release stated.

Roberts is a past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award for Early Career Healthcare Executive.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Roberts earned a master’s degree in health care administration and a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and member of the Sooner Chapter of Healthcare Executives.

An Oklahoma native, Roberts is married to Don Roberts and has a 14-year old daughter, Kelsey.

Story provided by:  Enid News & Eagle

Written by:  James Neal