Jose Echavarria has been named CEO of Northwest Medical Center-Springdale after holding the position on an interim basis since October.
Echavarria was previously the hospital’s assistant CEO for the Northwest Health market, where he focused on strategic initiatives to advance the health system, Northwest Health said in a news release. His work included the implementation of telemedicine for critical care, cardiology, pulmonology and neurology across the five-hospital system.
Echavarria succeeds Hans Driessnack, who left the hospital after three years to become CEO of an Abrazo Community Health Network hospital in Goodyear, Arizona.
Northwest Health said Echavarria played a key role in the development of its standalone emergency room and urgent care location in west Bentonville. He was also involved in efforts to recruit specialists to the area and the establishment of Springdale’s cardiac electrophysiology program.
“Jose’s success here at Northwest Health aligns with our hospital’s mission of quality and excellence,” Chris York, market CEO for Northwest Health, said in the release. “I am looking forward to Jose’s continued leadership and drive for growth at Northwest Medical Center – Springdale.”
Echavarria joined Northwest Health in 2020. He spent the previous four years working for Steward Healthcare in Texas, where he held executive leadership positions at several hospitals.
He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Texas A&M University and a master’s in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Echavarria is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives. He also serves as a board member for the Springdale Chamber of Commerce.