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Wilson Medical Center CEO Mark Holyoak announced Friday that he’s leaving his position here.

Mark Holyoak

“As I shared with my team, this was a difficult decision for me and my wife, Patrice, but ultimately (we were) afforded a rare opportunity to move closer to our family and lead a health system in the Lifepoint Health family,” he said in a prepared statement.

Holyoak will be CEO at Lourdes Health in Pasco, Washington, effective March 20.

In his statement, Holyoak expressed his gratitude to his hospital team and the community he called home for the past five years.

Holyoak and his wife came to Wilson in 2018. He said they and their two youngest children were welcomed with open arms and formed many friendships.

Holyoak, who began his career in health care as a registered nurse, helmed Wilson Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic and often worked with patients when the hospital was at its busiest.

Earlier this month, Holyoak addressed the Wilson County Board of Commissioners to give an update on the hospital. Twice last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services placed Wilson Medical Center on immediate jeopardy status. Both times, regulators lifted the status after corrective plans were implemented.

“As I reflect on the past several years here, there have been many defining moments and milestones that have strengthened our facility for the future,” he said. 

At the commissioners’ meeting, Holyoak talked about quality, improvements in the emergency department and progress with staffing woes. 

“I’m proud of all we have accomplished together during my tenure here, and know I’m leaving this community with a hospital that is well positioned for growth in the years to come,” Friday’s statement reads. “You and your loved ones will continue to be cared for by a strong, compassionate team of physicians, nurses, providers and staff who are proud to serve their community.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve as your local hospital CEO. It has been a true honor and highlight of my career,” he said. “While goodbyes are never easy, my transition will be much smoother knowing that the future is bright for Wilson Medical Center.”