By Sonya Campbell
Harker Heights Herald
Temple native Matt Maxfield will officially assume the role of CEO of Seton Medical Center Harker Heights on April 25.
The announcement was made Wednesday during a news conference at the Shilo Inn in Killeen.
Maxfield touted the benefits of bringing a new facility to the area, such as giving the community a new option for health care, bringing new jobs and increasing competition in the market for managed-care products.
"The community will benefit from having competition," he said.
And with Central Texas, including Bell County, experiencing record growth, he believes there is ample need and desire for a new medical center.
"The economic environment and the population (size) definitely support another option," he said.
Maxfield said he doesn't want Seton Medical Center Harker Heights to simply serve as a new choice in health care but "the choice" for both civilians and the military.
He said one of the leading challenges he faces is building the most qualified team possible, which he expects will be involved and engaged in the hospital and in providing quality patient care.
"We want to be a place medical staff members have a voice," he said. "We want it to be a great, fun place to work."
Maxfield comes to Harker Heights from Brownwood Regional Medical Center, where he served as CEO for nearly seven years.
During that time, he expanded services by adding advanced imaging and new outpatient surgery capabilities. He also is credited with recruiting new physicians and leading the effort to open the first nursing program in Brown County.
He also has extensive experience in the Bell County market - 17 years with Scott & White. After serving six years as assistant administrator for Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic, Maxfield was promoted to associate executive director of operations; and led master planning and growth initiatives for the hospital, among other duties.
He also had held CEO positions at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville and Burleson Memorial Hospital in Caldwell.
"I've worked in health care for 25 years, and my philosophy is that if you make a hospital a great place for staff to work and for physicians to practice medicine, you will deliver great care for patients," Maxfield said. "We're creating a new choice for care in Bell County and I'm excited to have the opportunity to work on this project from the ground up - not only building the facility itself, but also building the culture."
Maxfield earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas Tech University and a master's from the University of Dallas.
He and his wife, Liz, have two children. Their son, Brett, attends Texas Tech and their daughter, Macie, attends high school in Brownwood.
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