TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Former CEO of East Texas Medical Center, ETMC, died Sunday at age 78.
Ellis died Sunday surrounded by family, according to his obituary at Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors.
Through Ellis’ efforts, ETMC Tyler emerged with national recognition that advanced healthcare in East Texas.
He was known for his quick wit and business acumen, according to his obituary.
Following the private burial service, there will be an ‘honor code’ procession throughout UT Health Tyler, formerly ETMC Tyler.
UT Health East Texas released the following statement:
“Elmer Ellis leaves an indelible mark on healthcare in East Texas. His vision and foresight were unmatched, creating a hospital system that served the entire region because of his commitment to bringing the highest level of care to East Texas communities. He was also passionate about emergency and trauma care, leading to the Tyler hospital’s Level 1 trauma designation and a highly decorated land EMS service and Air 1.
“The positive impact Mr. Ellis’ vision has made on East Texas is a gift that will keep on giving for generations to come. Mr. Ellis was a kind man who cared about people, and we are proud to continue his legacy of caring for the people of East Texas.”Moody Chisholm, President and CEO of UT Health East Texas.
He will be greatly missed, but he will live on through the high level of medical care provided in the entities he built that will always be here to serve East Texas.”
In leiu of flowers, gift are asked to be given to Boy Scouts of American, the Salvation Army, and The Hospice o East Texas Foundation.