Eastside Medical Center January 10, 2018

Eastside Medical Center has announced the appointment of the hospital's new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Stephen Higgins, who officially assumed the role mid-December.

In his new role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Higgins will collaborate with Eastside Medical Center's medical staff and hospital management teams, facilitating teamwork to ensure quality performance and lead improvement initiatives. Dr. Higgins will also lead clinical performance expectations and establish best practice standards within the hospital to ensure optimal outcomes and unparalleled patient experience.

Dr. Higgins comes to Eastside Medical Center with a distinguished 28-year career in the Air Force, having served in numerous capacities, most recently as the Regional Chief Medical Officer for Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base. Prior to his time at Barksdale Air Force Base, Dr. Higgins was the Chief Executive Officer and Commander of Wright Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

"Dr. Higgins brings tremendous clinical and leadership experience to our hospital that will be able to transform the evolving services and growing medical staff here at Eastside," said Trent Lind, Chief Executive Officer at Eastside Medical Center. "Not only is Dr. Higgins an exceptional clinician, but he also has a proven record of success as a leader in cultural transformation, patient experience, and clinical quality and outcome. He will certainly be an asset to our system of care."

Dr. Higgins began his Air Force career as a flight surgeon at Eglin Air Force Base. During this time, he was deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch where he provided direct support to for the aeromedical evacuation of over 8,000 casualties. He later served as Command Surgeon for the Air Force's Central Command where he supported all Air Force medical assets in the Central Command area of operations.

In 2001, Dr. Higgins completed his residency in family medicine, followed by several commands across the Air Force in Florida, Colorado, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, and most recently, Louisiana.

Dr. Higgins received his Bachelor of Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy and his Medical Degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a Certified Physician Executive and a member of numerous societies including the American Association of Family Physicians and the American Association for Physician Leadership.