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Memorial Medical Center - Livingston announces new CEO is out
LIVINGSTON — On Wednesday, July 25 just hours before a meet and greet with community leaders and Larry Walker the Chief Executive Offi cer of Memorial Medical Center-Livingston who started work on July 15, invited guests received an email blast that the event had been cancelled. Employees and members of the local advisory board who had not received the email and arrived at the hospital conference room at 5 p.m. to learn Walker no longer worked at the hospital. "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Larry Walker, will not continue in his role as CEO of Memorial Medical Center-- Livingston,"said Yana Ogletree, .director of marketing for Memorial Health System on Thursday. "As the search continues for a replacement, Jackie Gordon, CNO, will oversee day-today operations for the hospital. Gary Looper will support the Board, Medical Staff and management staff as the System President & CEO." In announcing his hiring, the Memorial said Walker had held several senior level executive positions in healthcare institutions throughout his career, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Offi cer of Glenwood Regional Medical Center, West Monroe, Louisiana. As the COO, he developed a Hyperbaric Wound Care program, reopened the hospital's outpatient therapy services, developed an Intensive Outpatient Psychiatric program and recruited 16 new physicians. Prior to his time in West Monroe, he was the COO at St. John's Medical Group in Joplin, Missouri, and served as CEO in hospitals from Gilmer, Texas to Memphis, Tennessee. Walker received his Master's in Healthcare Administration from Trinity College in San Antonio, a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from the University of Arkansas School Of Allied Health in Little Rock, Arkansas. No other details were made public on the reversal of decision.