Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO stepping down

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OKLAHOMA CITY – One Oklahoma state agency will have to find a new chief executive officer.

On Monday, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority announced that CEO Nico Gomez was stepping down from the position to explore opportunities in the private sector.

Gomez has spent the last 20 years working in state government, serving the last 16 years at OHCA.

“I am incredibly grateful for the people at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the support they have given me throughout my career. I love the employees and this board. They are living examples of people loving and serving their neighbors unconditionally,” Gomez said. “As an agency, OHCA cares for the most vulnerable among us: children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. The work being done here matters, and is worthy of the continued support of the state and our lawmakers. I am proud to have served and led an agency that is saving lives and supporting our citizens and our community. I firmly believe OHCA has a strong board, a talented leadership team and employees who will continue to boldly move forward in serving the people of Oklahoma. Without question, the dedication and commitment of OHCA employees represent the true meaning of ‘Oklahoma Standard.’”

“Nico has been an inspirational leader who strived to make a positive difference for many of our most vulnerable Oklahomans by working to improve their health outcomes. Nico has been intent on developing Oklahoma-based solutions to expand and improve access to quality health care for low-income residents, children, the elderly and disabled. He has worked in public service for 20 years, and I wish him the best of luck as he ventures into the private sector,” said Gov. Mary Fallin in a statement.

His last day at the agency will be Sept. 30.