CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — After several years of ushering in significant fundraising projects, additional medical services and upgraded technology, the Seton Highland Lakes hospital administrator has accepted a position with a facility in California, officials said.
Arie Dejong is the administrator and chief operating officer of Seton Highland Lakes, 3201 US. 281 South, and a vice president of the Austin-based Seton Network. His last day is Oct. 11.
After five years with the Burnet facility, Dejong accepted the position as administrator for Goleta Valley Hospital, a 100-bed facility in Santa Barbara, Calif.
During his tenure at the local hospital, Dejong oversaw efforts to raise money for a new MRI, a new Seton Kids Care-a-Van, a new clinic in Kingsland and a cardiac and pulmonary center on the grounds of the hospital.
“Seton, like a lot of the other healthcare systems, is preparing itself for the future, so they have to make some tough choices. They have to really manage their expenses and improve their outcomes,” he said. “Seton is well-positioned as anybody to do that. Seton will have a very bright future with the new medical school in Austin and all the great technology they’re bringing into the community.”
The Burnet hospital falls under the umbrella of Seton Healthcare Family, which includes a network of 31 facilities across Central Texas.
“We’ve had a wonderful run of improving safety and service. We’ve assembled a great group of physicians and providers,” Dejong said. “This community has been like no other I’ve been in. The way the community gets behind the hospital, and the way we team up to solve healthcare problems, it’s unprecedented in my experience, and I will deeply miss all the people and leaders I have interacted with over the years.”