UT Health Athens appoints new CEO


Boram Kim


UT Health East Texas announced Buddy Daniels as the new CEO of UT Health Athens this week. 


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According to the Athens Daily Review, the former CEO of Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell, New Mexico will officially start in the new role effective August 1st. 

Daniels holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Louisiana State University and has previously served as CEO of San Angelo Community Medical Center and Assistant CEO at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

“We are thrilled to welcome Buddy to our UT Health East Texas team and know his vast experience in healthcare leadership will help achieve our purpose of taking care of our patients, their families and each other,” said Donald Baker, Market President of UT Health East Texas in an interview with the Athens Daily Review. “His focus on safety, quality and service will benefit both our patients and our employees.”

Daniels began his health care career in Texas, serving the early part of his career at Lake Granbury Medical Center and at Abilene Regional Medical Center.

UT Health Athens is among the 10 hospitals managed by UT Health East Texas. As a partner with The University of Texas System, UT Health East Texas administers care across Eastern Texas through its network of hospitals and health clinics.