Nicholas “Nico” Tejeda, CEO of The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain and Sierra campuses in El Paso, Texas, was recently honored with the Kansas University Medical Center’s (KUMC) Early Career Achievement in Medicine Alumnus award.
“It is a privilege to serve the people of El Paso and to work in a profession that makes such a positive impact on neighbors, friends and loved ones,” said Nico. “I am a very proud Jayhawk and honored to have been selected for this humbling recognition.”
This award recognizes individual KUMC alumni who have graduated within the last 20 years from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions, and have made contributions early in their careers and professions. It also looks at the impact the individual has had on patient care and in the community.
“It’s no surprise that Nico has received this honor. His professional success is a reflection of his character, and he exemplifies what a healthcare administrator and community leader should aspire to become,” said Eric Evans, Tenet’s president of Hospital Operations. “Nico has a sharp business mind, but it’s his compassion and focus on our patients that really make him stand out as a leader.”
Nico earned a master’s degree from KUMC in 2007. Since that time, he has worked in numerous healthcare leadership roles. In 2015, he joined The Hospitals of Providence team as CEO of the East Campus, coming to El Paso after serving as the CEO of Doctors Hospital of Manteca in California. In January 2017, he was named CEO of the new Transmountain Campus, which opened to provide care to El Paso’s rapidly growing West side community.
Active in his community, Nico is a past president of the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives, a past chair of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ National Early Careerist Committee, and currently chairs the board of directors for the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.