Kyle Swift, the chief operating officer for Woodland Heights Medical Center, announced he was leaving Lufkin in a column running on the Opinion page of today’s Lufkin Daily News.

“This will be the last article I have the pleasure of submitting as the CEO at Woodland Heights — after four wonderful years in Lufkin, my family and I are relocating,” Swift said in his column. “I would like to take this moment to say thank you to the Lufkin community for embracing us — Angelina County is an amazing place and will always hold a special spot in our hearts.”

Swift began as CEO of Woodland Heights in July of 2015 with more than nine years of hospital management experience,.

He was an assistant CEO at Brownwood Regional Medical Center and an administrative specialist at Laredo Medical Center. He also served as CEO of Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Swift earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Texas A&M University in College Station and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

Multiple attempts (three emails and two phone calls) to contact Swift or a hospital spokesman for comment were not successful.

Jess Huff’s email address is jess.huff@lufkindailynews.com.