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Earl Shipp Joins St. Luke's Health Board of Directors

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Houston, TX (September 15, 2016) – St. Luke’s Health (St. Luke’s) announced today that Earl Shipp, Vice President of Operations, U.S. Gulf Coast, The Dow Chemical Company, has been appointed to the system’s Board of Directors.

“Mr. Shipp’s decades of leadership experience will add a valuable perspective to our Board,” said Michael H. Covert, Chief Executive Officer, St. Luke’s Health. “His business acumen will be instrumental as we implement our strategic plan to advance the vision of our health system and build healthier communities throughout Southeast Texas.”

Since joining Dow Chemical in 1981, Shipp has held numerous domestic and international leadership positions. In his current role, Shipp oversees nine manufacturing sites including Texas Operations, the largest integrated chemical manufacturing complex in the world. Prior to serving as Vice President of Operations for Dow’s U.S. Gulf Coast region, he held dual roles as Vice President and Site Director of Dow’s Louisiana Operations and Global Operations Director of the Propylene Oxide and Glycols business in 2000. He was then named Global Business Vice President for Dow Oxides & Glycols in 2004.

In 2006, he moved to Dubai, UAE, to launch the India, Middle East, and Africa Region for Dow. In 2007, Shipp was named Business Group President for Basic Chemicals, serving on the Business Operations Committee with responsibility for oversight of six basic chemical businesses. He was named President – India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA) for Dow in December 2008. Shipp became the Vice President of Texas Operations in 2011 and was named to his current role in 2012.

“I am honored to join St. Luke’s Health Board and work with this exceptional team,” said Shipp. “CHI St. Luke’s Health has been a leader in the Houston health care market for decades. I look forward to sharing my experiences and contributing to the future direction and growth of this health system.”

Shipp is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Economic Development Alliance of Brazoria County, Chairman of the Board of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, a member of the Texas Chemical Council Board of Directors, and a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in Michigan, and is a graduate of the Indiana University Business School Consortium.


About St. Luke’s Health
St. Luke’s Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets?CHI St. Luke’s Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI),  eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife® Center, and several St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine®, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center.  Together, St. Luke’s Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine® are transforming health care delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of health care to create healthier communities. For more information, visit

St. Luke’s Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more at

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