After a transformative two years of guiding the Trinity Mother Frances Health System's merger with Christus Health - and more than 36 years of service in total with the hospital system, Lindsey Bradley will retire at the end of this month.
Since the merger with Christus in 2016, Bradley has served as senior vice president of group operations and chief executive officer of Christus Northeast Texas, which includes Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Christus St. Michael Health System and Christus Good Shepherd Health System.
Prior to that, he served as president of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
"The process of selecting Bradley's successor as the leader of the Christus Northeast Texas region … is progressing well in coordination with executive leadership of Christus Health and the regional board of directors, which includes local community board members, Christus Trinity Clinic physician leaders, and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth," according to a news release sent early Friday announcing Bradley's retirement.
Bradley was not available for comment on Friday, but said in the news release that it was a team effort to build Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System into what it is today. Christus Health Northeast Texas encompasses three health systems, more than 9,000 associates and more than 600 health care providers serving patients across 14 hospitals, dozens of support services, and more than 40 Christus Trinity Clinic locations throughout the 41-county region.
"No leader, in health care or any other field, can do any of this alone. It has always been my strategy to surround myself and fill this organization with intelligent, capable, passionate people," Bradley said.
Bradley joined Tyler's Mother Frances Hospital in 1981, which was then a 240-bed facility facing difficult challenges. By the time of the 2016 merger, Trinity Mother Frances was one of the largest employers in East Texas, with more than 4,000 employees.
When that merger was announced, Bradley touted Trinity Mother Frances' legacy in Tyler as the first to provide care for East Texans.
"In 1937 in East Texas, there were no hospitals," Bradley said. "It was the first hospital in East Texas and over the years there have been a number of firsts."
These included the first air ambulance, heart hospital and neonatal intensive care unit.