DeTar Healthcare System hires new CEO

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Nov. 21, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated Nov. 22, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

DeTar Healthcare System has a new chief executive officer.

Gary Malaer, who has roots in the Crossroads, was appointed to serve in the leadership position starting Jan. 2.

He will replace longtime hospital CEO William R. Blanchard, who announced his retirement in October.

Malaer has more than 20 years of experience, including at hospitals in Dallas, Plano and Arlington before working as an administrator at two Florida hospitals.

He most recently worked as CEO of Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, S.C., overseeing a 396-bed acute care facility, freestanding surgery center and women's pavilion.

His hospital was recognized for its care, and he supported the recruitment of physicians in primary care, cardiology, orthopedics and other specialties. A recent survey indicated a 94-percent increase in employee satisfaction.

A graduate of Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca, Malaer earned a bachelor's degree in management from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and a master's degree in health services management from the University of Dallas.

He and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Brittany, 16, and Taylor, 13.

"My family and I are excited to come home to Texas and the Crossroads community that holds so many memories for me," said Malaer. "I look forward to the opportunity to lead a hospital with such a rich legacy and to advancing the vision set in place by its current leaders and executed by its dedicated physicians, employee team members and volunteers."

Dr. Harish Chandna, chairman of the board of trustees, said in a news release that the board is excited to begin working with him and welcomes him and his family to the community.

"His expertise in growing services, working closely with physicians and achieving high-quality standards will ultimately benefit our patients," Chandna said.

When asked about his replacement, Blanchard said Malaer holds the values and has the experience necessary to maintain and improve the care provided at DeTar.

"It makes me very happy to know that I am leaving the DeTar Healthcare System in such capable hands," he said.


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