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ETMC announces executive retirement, promotions

East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, headquartered in Tyler, has announced the retirement of Jerry Massey, senior vice president of affiliate operations, and the promotion of Perry Henderson.  In addition, two of the health system's affiliate hospital administrators - J. Warren Robicheaux and Jorge Leal - have advanced into new roles.

Jerry Massey joined the ETMC System in November 1988, first serving as administrator of East Texas Medical Center Pittsburg.  In March 1990 he was promoted to senior vice president of affiliate operations, with responsibility for 12 ETMC hospitals located throughout East Texas, as well as two ambulatory care centers and a host of rural health clinics. 

A graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in economics, Massey received a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.  He is a fellow (FACHE) of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served in leadership roles with the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH).  In addition, Massey is a trustee with the Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant and a lay leader of the United Methodist Church, Texarkana District.

At a retirement luncheon held on Dec. 17, Elmer G. Ellis, president/CEO of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System, praised Massey's 25 years of service to the organization.  "Jerry's dedication to the people and communities of rural Texas has been vital to the growth of ETMC," said Ellis.  "His hard work over the past 25 years has fostered ETMC's services within smaller communities, resulting in greater medical technology, new facilities, physician recruitment and more jobs for East Texans. In addition, his efforts at the state level have impacted legislation that helps ETMC and other providers serve rural needs."

With the retirement of Jerry Massey, Perry Henderson has been promoted to the role of ETMC senior vice president of affiliate operations.  For the past 16 years, Henderson has served as senior administrator of ETMC Pittsburg and of ETMC's northern hospital group.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.  In addition to serving at ETMC Pittsburg, Henderson previously held positions with ETMC EMS and ETMC Mount Vernon.

Warren Robicheaux has been named senior administrator of ETMC Pittsburg and of ETMC's northern hospital group, which includes ETMC hospitals in Pittsburg, Gilmer, Quitman, Clarksville and Mount Vernon.

Robicheaux earned his bachelor's degree in biomedical science and a master's degree in health administration from Texas A&M University.  Prior to his new position in Pittsburg, he served as administrator of ETMC Trinity and of ETMC Quitman.

Jorge Leal has been named administrator of ETMC Quitman.  After graduation from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in biomedical science and a master's degree in health administration, Leal joined the ETMC System in 2008 and also serves as administrator of ETMC Gilmer.