Today, on behalf of the Hilton Head Island community, I extend best wishes to former Hilton Head Hospital CEO Jeremy Clark as he embarks on a new journey.

Jeremy has been promoted to Group Chief Executive Officer for Tenet Healthcare’s hospitals in Birmingham, Ala., and Chief Executive Officer of Brookwood Medical Center.

Jeremy has led Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, including Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital, since January 2015. As a healthcare executive, he has truly been an asset for our community.

I met Jeremy several years ago and was impressed with his desire to make sure we had access to quality healthcare, and the best doctors, nurses, and support staff. Whenever I had a question about the hospital or needed his advice on healthcare services, I knew I could pick up the phone to call Jeremy and he would respond immediately.

Last year, when our community was confronted with the public health pandemic, I reached out to Jeremy to see how we could work together to tackle COVID-19. Many in our community were concerned about the spread of the virus. In numerous forums, Jeremy assured us that our hospital and medical community were prepared to respond while continuing to treat people who required care for other ailments.

When the vaccine became available, Jeremy helped lead the hospital’s effort to get shots in arms. I must say the hospital has done a tremendous job testing people for the virus, vaccinating people, and caring for residents and visitors.

The way Jeremy handled the pandemic response and the growth of medical services under his leadership demonstrates his concern for the wellbeing of all in our community. As Jeremy settles in his new role in Birmingham, I am sure he will rely on the lessons he has learned while serving our community.

We congratulate Jeremy and thank him for the years he has spent building up a medical community that cares, responds and gives back.

John McCann is the mayor of the Town of Hilton Head Island.