Texas Hospital Association

Berdan Receives 2013 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration


Lance Lunsford
Texas Hospital Association
Email: llunsford@tha.org
Twitter: @lancelunsford


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(Austin  –  Feb. 13, 2014)  –  The Texas Hospital Association recognized Barclay E. Berdan, FACHE, chief operating officer and senior executive vice president of Texas Health Resources, as the 2013 recipient of the Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. Berdan will receive the award Feb. 13 at the THA 2013 Annual Conference and Expo in San Antonio.

Overseeing a system with more than 21,000 employees and $3.7 billion in operating revenue, Berdan was selected in recognition of his professional achievements and far-sighted focus on health care.

“Texas hospitals account for successes each and every day due to the commitment and leadership from intrepid health care professionals like Barclay Berdan,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/ chief executive officer. “

For 36 years, Berdan has shown a passion for innovative thinking and providing leadership in other community and professional organizations. As COO of Texas Health, Berdan is responsible for all operations of the system, including the administrative leadership of three geographical zones in north Texas. The unique leadership structure is a direct response to the system’s long-term strategic planning, which includes evolving the organization to focus on the full continuum of health care and wellness services to patients while also integrating more physicians and clinicians into active leadership roles.

“I value Barclay as a friend first and as someone I can rely on as we face a lot of uncertainty in the health care arena,” said Texas Health Resources Chief Executive Officer Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, who has known Berdan for more than 25 years. “I value the fact that Barclay continues to strengthen his skill set, invest in his learning, and remain amenable to new ideas and to gaining new knowledge on a day-to-day basis.”

Berdan is active in his community as well. In addition to serving as the chair of the Tarrant County chapter of the American Heart Association, Berdan has played important roles with the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, LifeGift, Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and others. Berdan holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas Christian University and a MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Established in 1965, the Collier Award is the highest honor bestowed by THA. 


About the THA
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents more than 85 percent of the state’s acute-care hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter @texashospitals.

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