New CEO hired to lead University Medical Center

Jared Stark
Jared Stark

Lafayette General Medical Center has hired a CEO to lead University Medical Center as it transitions into management by the private hospital.

Jared Stark, who spent the past five years as executive director of Franciscan St. Francis Health in Mooresville, Ind., will start the job June 24, the official start of the hospital’s management takeover of UMC.

Last week, the private hospital signed a lease agreement to take over management of the public hospital, its residents and clinics. As part of the deal, residents will be placed at both UMC and LGMC.

Stark will oversee the planned expansion of clinics and improved efficiency at UMC, which will continue its “same policies for charity care and free care,” hospital officials said in a news release.

“UMC will serve all walks of life from all across Acadiana,” said David Callecod, Lafayette General CEO and president. “It is easily accessible and open to everyone at all times. That is what being a community hospital is all about.”

As executive director of Franciscan St. Francis Health, Stark oversaw the transition of a specialty hospital into a full-service community hospital, overseeing the opening of the emergency room, growth of inpatient services, the creation of a new outpatient facility and a new hospital in Carmel, Ind.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join University Medical Center’s team,” Stark said in the news release. “I look forward to working with the physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers in providing the highest level of quality care, innovative treatment and service to the residents of Acadiana.”

Stark holds a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Callecod called Stark an “exceptional leader” whose background working within a health system will further his ability to effectively guide UMC.

Lafayette General officials have been meeting with UMC staff for the past several weeks to extend job offers to current employees.

Community forums about the transition are scheduled for 6 p.m. June 19 at the Clifton Chenier Center auditorium, 220 W. Willow St., and at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. June 21 at UMC Voorhies Auditorium.