With Scott Taylor just days from retiring as CEO of Centura – St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City and Centura – Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses, the longtime administrator has been reflecting on 15 years of memories and milestones in southwest Kansas, and hospital associates are making sure to honor him before he heads out the door.
Taylor’s last day as CEO is July 1, and on Friday afternoon, hospital leaders held a surprise ceremony for him at the Centura Health Pharmacy at Siena Medical Clinic.
Taylor began his career as a pharmacist, working in hospital pharmacies in the Texas Panhandle and west Texas, before starting his administrative career.
Paying homage to his pharmacy days, and in recognition of his leadership at St. Catherine, hospital leaders on Friday announced that they were dedicating the pharmacy at Siena to Taylor.
“On behalf of all the associates across Centura Kansas, we wanted to thank you for all of your dedicated service over these past 15 years. We’ve come a long way together,” Amanda Vaughan, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of St. Catherine and Bob Wilson, told Taylor before showing him the dedication plaque that will hang outside the pharmacy. “We will very much miss working with you.”
The plaque states, “This pharmacy is dedicated in recognition of Scott Taylor, devoted CEO of Centura Kansas, 2005-2020.”
“Your leadership over the last 15 years has really supported the mission of Centura in every way,” Stephanie Waggoner, Kansas Regional Director of Operations for Centura Health Physician Group and director of Siena Medical Clinic, told Taylor during the dedication ceremony. “We will remember you as a CEO who built our system of care, and we will miss you tremendously.”
An emotional Taylor was almost at a loss for words.
“It’s been a labor of love,” Taylor said. “This is very moving. Thank you.”
As CEO, Taylor has overseen all Centura Kansas interests, including Siena Medical Clinic, Plaza Medical Center in Garden City, and Dodge City Medical Center in Dodge City.
“It’s a perfect time for me and for Centura Kansas – already the largest health provider in western Kansas and as strong as ever,” Taylor said in January, when he announced his plans to retire. “It’s a great time to turn the reins over to a new, innovative and energetic leadership that will take Centura Kansas and expand upon it to further our collective mission. I truly look forward to watching this fine system grow in future years.”
A native Texan, Taylor, 62, and his wife, Lisa, plan to move to Granbury, Texas, where they will be closer to family. His daughter, Ashley, lives in Odessa, with her husband, Derek, and son, Grayson.
“It’s time for me to focus on the next phase in my life – that being the enjoyment of my life with my wonderful and loving wife, Lisa, and our family,” Taylor said in January.
Since coming to St. Catherine in June 2005, Taylor has overseen considerable growth at the hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital has developed an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, western Kansas’ only accredited breast center and stroke center, and the most advanced cancer center in western Kansas – Heartland Cancer Center.
“My mission from day one has been to work with this incredible staff toward the creation of a preeminent health system in southwest Kansas. We are truly the trusted regional health care resource,” Taylor said. “That growth is a result of an entire team coming together and the careful, but aggressive, expansion of services over that time.”
Other milestones during Taylor’s tenure include:
- Establishing the Heart Center and bringing cardiology to Garden City in 2008.
- Completion of the new patient towers in 2011.
- Leading the hospital through the transition when it joined Centura Health in 2012.
- The opening of the Convenient Care Clinic in 2016.
- Developing hospitalist and intensivist services at the hospital.
- Establishing Acute Rehabilitation.
- Creating affiliations with Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital, Dodge City Medical Center, and Plaza Medical Center in Garden City.
- More than doubling the size of the medical staff.
Taylor grew up in Big Spring, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., and a Master of Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has spent his entire career working in hospitals, serving in roles ranging from pharmacy technician to CEO.
He is a past chairman of the Kansas Hospital Association Board of Directors. He also has served on the Pioneer Health Network executive committee and is a past president of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce. His community collaboration on health and wellness initiatives and sponsorship of LiveWell Finney County are a testament to his dedication to improving the health of the community, as demonstrated by St. Catherine having received the prestigious American Hospital Association NOVA award for building healthier communities in 2014.
Centura Health is engaged in a nationwide search for Taylor’s successor. Christine McSweeney, who has 23 years of progressive leadership experience in health care, including 11 in a hospital executive role, will serve as interim CEO for St. Catherine and Bob Wilson Memorial hospitals.