San Antonio, TX ― Methodist Healthcare has appointed Nick Petro as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Methodist Hospital | Landmark.

Petro previously served as Vice President of Operations at Methodist Hospital since 2021 with direct oversight of 44 departments, four outpatient clinics, and multiple service lines. Not only has he demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, but he has made significant contributions to the organization's growth and development.

During his tenure, Petro has made great improvements in strengthening operations and processes while also enhancing employee engagement. He was instrumental in leading HAI prevention, initiating a ticket-to-test process for C. Diff to improve testing stewardship as well as audit processes for hand hygiene and clean-to-dirty workflow, resulting in a reduction in CAUTI infections by 30% YOY and a 46% reduction in MRSA infections. He also helped implement efficiency initiatives for the lab to achieve 3-day turnaround times for oncology patients receiving molecular testing.

His expertise in growth and development is also impressive. Petro was the project lead for multiple radiology suite upgrades, including a 32-slice CT, two cardiac MRIs, and two updated IR Bi-Plane machines. He also executed and negotiated three contracts for anesthesia services to better support patient care and increase surgical volume opportunities, resulting in a 7% surgical volume increase. He helped achieve a new record for the most bone marrow transplant and cell therapy infusions for Methodist Hospital in a single year, with 43% growth YOY for the program while also successfully funding the expansion and relocation of the Cell Therapy Lab, servicing the Bone Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy program.

Prior to his role as VP of Operations, Petro served as Director, Operations & Surgical Oncology Service Lines from 2020 to 2021 where he was accountable for the Surgical Oncology service lines and operational leader for the Endoscopy Center and Central Laboratory. During this time, he developed and opened a $1.2 million multidisciplinary Oncology Survivor Center. Before stepping into the role as Director of Operations, Petro served as Director of Physician and Provider Relations for three years helping to develop and grow service lines in various roles for Methodist Healthcare.

Petro holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University. As COO of Methodist Hospital | Landmark, He will lead hospital operations for specialized surgical services including bariatrics, breast reconstruction, orthopedics, gynecology, colorectal, neurosurgery, and general surgery.

Petro has assumed his new position and is currently preparing for the opening of Methodist Hospital Landmark later this August.