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Collum & Carney Clinic CEO is retiring

Collum & Carney Clinic CEO is retiring

June 6th, 2019 by Ashley Gardner in Texarkana News
Tom Simmons

After nearly 28 years as the president and CEO of Collom & Carney Clinic Tom Simmons is retiring. June 28 will be his last day to serve in the position but he will continue to work with the clinic as a consultant.

Roger Hall, who was hired as Collom & Carney's COO in 1996, will take over as president/CEO.

Simmons, who is 64 years old, said he'd been thinking about retirement for awhile and was just waiting on the right opportunity.

"I've been looking for a window the last couple of years," he said. "I've been looking for an opening in traffic to kind of scoot in."

Simmons said the transition plan has been in place for a couple of years.

"I don't think they'll miss a beat," he said.

Simmons' consulting role will include physician development and recruiting.

"It's what I've done the whole time I've been here and it's something I enjoy," he said. "I'll continue to handle managed medical legal issues as well and assist Roger Hall."

Roger Hall

Roger Hall

Simmons began his career at Collom & Carney in 1991 when the clinic association had 125 employees and treated nearly 80,000 patients a year. During his tenure there, Collom & Carney has grown to nearly 115 providers, approximately 500 employees and treats more than 200,000 patients a year. He also brought new medical specialties to the clinic including oncology, podiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, otolaryngology, vascular surgery, physical medicine, behavioral medicine, allergy and dermatology.

"What's really interesting about this place is it's only had four administrators for the 72 years it's existed. I think that's pretty amazing. It's had phenomenal stability. It says a lot about the organization and the culture here," Simmons said.

Hall is looking forward to continuing the tradition as he moves into his new position.

"The legacy of Collom & Carney was built by well-trained physicians who focuses on providing quality care," Hall said. "Tom is a phenomenal physician recruiter. He has the ability to sell Texarkana. He has recruited well over 150 physicians during his career to continue this legacy, more than anyone in the history of Texarkana. Tom has been an incredible mentor and friend. After working with him for the last 23 years, I'm as prepared as I can be for my new role."

Simmons is looking forward to retirement and already has several ideas on how he'll spend his time.

"Anybody that knows me knows I love to play golf. Right now I get to do that about one day a week. I plan to at least double that, maybe even play three times a week. My wife and I love to travel. We have three trips planned before the end of this year. I'd like to be more involved in my church. I want to read more and I want to become fluent in Spanish. We've got a plan," he said.

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