Capital Senior Living Names New COO

One of the largest senior living operators in the U.S. has a new chief operating officer.

Capital Senior Living (NYSE: CSU), which operates 129 senior housing communities in 23 states including California, New York, Virginia, Texas and Illinois, named Brett D. Lee, 42, as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, according to a press release. Lee, who officially starts his job on Aug. 14, replaces former COO Keith Johannessen, who passed away after a battle with cancer last December.

Lee currently serves as CEO of the North Texas and Dallas markets of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, where he oversees five hospitals, a newly forged joint venture with Baylor, Scott & White Health, 20 ambulatory sites, three freestanding emergency departments and a physician network.


He also previously worked as COO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, vice president of operations and clinical services at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and vice president of operations at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

“We are excited to have someone with Brett’s outstanding leadership abilities and strong record of operational success within the healthcare services sector join our Company,” Capital Senior Living CEO Larry Cohen stated in the announcement. “He is a passionate and committed healthcare executive with a results-oriented focus. His experience as a clinician, clinical leader and executive will be a tremendous asset to our management team and our residents.”

Written by Tim Regan


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