The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 19, 2013

Tarrant leaving Integris Bass for Louisiana

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Integris Bass Baptist Health Center President Jeff Tarrant, FACHE, will leave Enid at the end of March to take a position with Dallas-based CHRISTUS Health.

Tarrant will become regional chief operating officer and administrator for CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana, and will move to Alexandria, La.

 “It is with very mixed feelings that my family and I have reached this decision,” Tarrant said. “For us, Enid has been not just a place to live, but truly a home during the past eight years. I have been blessed to have been part this great organization that is supported by an outstanding system. We will leave behind many friends, but take with us countless wonderful memories.”

He will continue with Integris Bass through March 27, and begin his new position April 1. Integris Bass will announce a successor following an extensive search.

Tarrant came to Integris Bass in 2005, with more than 20 years of hospital management experience. He previously worked at Integris Blackwell Regional Hospital, where he served as the hospital administrator from 2003-2005.

Tarrant received his bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Wichita State University in 1982, and a master’s in health care administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1994.

During his time at Integris Bass, the hospital has developed many new services to further its mission of health improvement. Among these are the Veterans Administration Health Clinic, Integris Sleep Institute of Enid, Integris Northwest Family Medicine residency program and Integris Heart and Vascular Institute of Northwest Oklahoma

Significant technology and facility upgrades also have been a constant at Integris Bass Baptist through Tarrant’s years, as has focused on increasing the physician resources needed throughout Enid and northwest Oklahoma.

Tarrant also welcomed his new opportunity with CHRISTUS Health.

“I will be challenged with leadership of a significantly larger facility, CHRISTUS St. Francis Cabrini Hospital,” he said. “In addition, the regional responsibility associated with this position is very unique, and I believe makes sense as health care across our country continues down a path of significant change.

“Despite these differences, there are significant similarities between my current job and my new job, to the point that this position should feel somewhat similar to what I’ve enjoyed in Enid the past eight years.”