(Joplin, MO) Ė St. Johnís Regional Medical Center announces the appointment of George P. Caralis, as interim chief executive officer following the resignation of Debbie Linnes a few weeks ago. Caralis will assume the interim role as the CEO effective July 11, following Linnesí departure.

Caralis has begun an orientation and transition process with Linnes and will work closely with the board of directors, administration and medical staff during the transition.† With more than 30 years of healthcare industry experience, he has an extensive background in strategic planning, budgeting, system development, ambulatory care, managed care and consulting.†† Caralis holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a Masters of Science in Biology from Wayne State University, and is from the Detroit area.

ďWe are pleased to have George Caralis join our team at this time and continue the mission of providing excellent care at St. Johnís.† His expertise in healthcare administration and leadership is the perfect fit for us during this interim period,Ē stated Dick Weber, chairman of St. Johnís board of directors.

St. Johnís Regional Medical Center has been leading the way in healthcare throughout the four-state area for more than 100 years.† We are a 367-bed facility, serving 19 counties in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.† We provide state-of-the-art healthcare services, specializing in cardiology, orthopedics, neurosciences, and oncology.†† St. Johnís has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission.† Additionally, we have been recognized by Thomson Healthcare with three 100 Top Hospital Awards (2006) and rated in the top 5% nationally by HealthGrades for joint replacement and patient safety (2008).†