Huntsville Memorial Hospital Announces Retirement of Chief Executive Officer

Huntsville, Texas (May 25, 2021) – Huntsville Memorial Hospital (HMH) has announced the retirement of Steven Smith, Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2021.

“It has been my pleasure to serve this very special community and I have been so proud to serve beside dedicated healthcare teams,” said Steven Smith, HMH CEO. “Along with the HMH leadership, these talented individuals will continue to keep patient care excellence a top priority every day and work to improve the health of our community.”

Anne Woodard, Chair of the Board of Managers, Walker County Hospital District, shared, “We are ever thankful for Steve’s leadership, his endurance and dedication, especially during the hardships over the past year through the pandemic.”

Smith is recognized for several accomplishments that help fortify HMH for the future, including: leading turnaround efforts; hiring executive leaders Jim Jenkins, Chief Financial Officer, and Linda Lawson, MSN, RN, HACP, Chief Nursing Officer; building physician allegiance; and developing staff.

As part of this leadership transition, Joe Thomason, Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations for Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), will serve as Interim CEO, while CHC conducts the search for a CEO replacement. Thomason, along with Jim Jenkins, CFO and Linda Lawson, CNO, will ensure that HMH continues on a path of strength.

CHC teams across clinical, financial and operational areas continue to support and steer HMH’s improvement and growth. CHC’s partnership with HMH was formalized on February 28, 2020, when HMH became part of the CHC family of hospitals.

About Huntsville Memorial Hospital Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville, Texas, is a 123-bed, Joint Commission-accredited, notfor-profit acute care community hospital. HMH delivers quality healthcare services to the residents of Walker County and its surrounding communities, a population of more than 72,000. HMH and its dedicated staff offer compassionate care and the latest technologies and treatment solutions. HMH holds Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center designation. HMH keeps community health and wellness at the forefront of its mission. Please visit us at

About Community Hospital Corporation – HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT® Community Hospital Corporation owns, manages and consults with hospitals through CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE, which share a common purpose to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC provides the resources and experience community hospitals need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance. For more information about CHC, please visit