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COO Steven Province takes the Providence reins
(WACO, Texas – April 17, 2017) — Providence Healthcare Network has announced the appointment of Steven Province as Interim President of the hospital, effective May 2, 2017.
“Steven is a passionate leader who is committed as the current chief operating officer to making Providence a place of choice, for both patients and associates,” said Jesús Garza, Seton Healthcare Family President and Chief Executive Officer and leader of Ascension Texas. “His extensive clinical and administrative experience, coupled with a drive to improve access to quality care in Waco, will help further our mission of providing compassionate, personalized care to those we are called to serve,” Garza said.
Providence and Seton are part of Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit health system.
Province joined the Providence team in 2014 as Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief Operating Officer. A vital leader in improving the health of the Waco community, he will continue to guide Providence on the path the Daughters of Charity began over 112 years ago.
Province will serve temporarily in the position left open by Brett Esrock, who announced that he will step down as president of Providence Healthcare Network and has accepted an opportunity in Florida. A nationwide search for president has begun, Garza said.
“In his six years of service to Providence, Brett has made many positive changes that have helped sustain and grow access to health care in the Waco community,” said Garza. “We thank Brett for his leadership and wish him much success in his future endeavors.”
Province holds a Master of Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine/Biology from California State University in Northridge, California. After serving ten years in the United States Navy as a Naval Supply Officer, Province began his healthcare career as a Pfizer Pharmaceutical representative from 2006-2008.
In 2008, he began working for Kaiser Permanente in California, where he served as Director of Performance Improvement, Director of Supply Chain Logistics, and Support Services Administrator, prior to coming to Providence. Province is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Robert and Patricia Wilcox have a lot of things in common. As they celebrate 30 years of marriage this year, their union exemplifies teamwork. Both are Providence family doctors who have been caring for Waco families since the early 90s. Their bonds to the community in which they work, love and pray continue to strengthen with every passing year.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Partners in practice as well as in life, the Wilcoxes maintain an unflagging commitment to their vocation, their family and their faith. They have three children and their family is active in their church, where both Robert and Patricia teach Sunday school. With so many responsibilities, you may wonder how they find the time to connect and nurture their relationship.
“Being in the same profession gives us a unique understanding of our day-to-day,” Patricia says. “When we collaborate about work, we understand the certain stresses, joys, triumphs and challenges that come with it.”
Being Called to Heal
Robert Wilcox understands that being a physician isn’t an occupation so much as a calling. He regards the work he does as an opportunity to care for each patient as a whole person, respecting their innate humanity. That’s the essence of Humancare.
“There is something very sacred and special about being in a room with a patient -- caring for them, ministering to their medical, physical, mental and spiritual needs,” Wilcox explains.
At Providence, we recognize that partnerships like the ones the Wilcoxes enjoy benefit all of us. The strength and inspiration they derive from their marriage shines outward through the invaluable work they do to care for all who come through their doors.