Hospital names 2 to positions
Two executives with longstanding ties to Lawton-Fort Sill began work Monday at Comanche Memorial Hospital.
Brent Smith is succeeding Chief Financial Officer David Blackmon, who will be retiring in March. John Schafer is the hospital's the new senior director of physician services.
Smith raised in Lawton
Smith was born at Memorial and raised in Lawton and attended Cameron University, where he began his studies in business administration. He completed his degree at the University of Oklahoma and then received a Master of Health Administration degree from OU Health Sciences Center. He completed an administrative fellowship at Stillwater Medical Center.
Prior to coming to Memorial he was chief financial officer at Community Health Systems in York and West Grove, Pa. He had previously been controller for Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton and Physicians Regional Medical Center in Naples, Fla. He brings almost 10 years of administrative experience.
"This feels like home. The first day I was here it just felt right," Smith said. "I like that Memorial is a community-based hospital and has reinvested so much back into the community. My focus will be on long-term goals that will secure the success and viability of Memorial five to 10 years down the road."