Earl M. Collier Award

George Hernández Of University Health System Receives Prestigious Texas Hospital Association Earl M. Collier Award For Distinguished Health Care Administration

(AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 18, 2020) – The Texas Hospital Association named George Hernández, J.D., president and CEO of University Health System in San Antonio, as the recipient of the 2019 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration in recognition of his dedication to the health care industry for the last 30 years. THA presented the award Feb. 13 at the 2020 THA Annual Conference and Expo in San Antonio.

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Earl M. Collier
Earl M. Collier, L.L.D., FACHE

The Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration is the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Hospital Association. It recognizes outstanding executives who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the health care industry and their profession, who are leaders in providing quality health care services, and who are active in THA and other industry groups. The previous recipients have set a standard of excellence in leadership, service and professional achievement that exemplifies THA’s commitment to the health care industry.

Established in 1965, the Collier Award was first presented to Earl M. Collier, LL.D., FACHE, a past THA president who served as CEO of Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene for 41 years. Collier is considered the dean of hospital administration in Texas. He was respected for his philosophy of improving patient care, the driving force behind his administrative acts and decisions. Because of Earl M. Collier’s dedication to his profession, the Collier Award has come to symbolize excellence in health care administration.

The nominee must be a senior executive employed by an active THA institutional member hospital or health care system who has made significant contributions to THA and to the health care industry.

Selection Criteria
Contributions to the health care industry and the profession will be evaluated by the nominee’s participation in national, state and/or metropolitan associations. These include THA and its affiliated organizations, divisions, committees or councils; the American Hospital Association; metropolitan associations; or any other local or regional organizations.

The nominee’s role of providing health care services to the general public will be measured by the excellence of his or her institution’s staff and employees as well as the quality of health care services provided.

Leadership and service may be exemplified by total career achievements or by highly visible contributions to THA and/or the health care industry and profession in a relatively short period of time, such as rendering distinguished leadership on a special project or program.

In the event of equal contributions to the health care industry by more than one nominee, the selection committee shall consider distinguishable leadership qualities such as honors or awards within the health care industry; community, civic, religious and service organization activities; and educational and/or experience qualifications.

Selection Process
The selection committee is composed of the THA chairman and appointed past recipients active in health care administration. No member of the committee will be eligible to receive the award.

The honoree will be featured in THA publications and recognized at the THA 2021 Annual Conference and Expo Jan. 26-27 in Austin.

Step 1. Complete the nomination form

Step 2. Attach up to 15 pages of supporting documents, including a one-page summary of the nominee’s professional achievements and contributions to the health care industry.

Step 3. Be sure all materials are completed and SUBMITTED by Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Ollie Jo Bozeman at obozeman@tha.org or 512/465-1007.

Earl M. Collier Award Recipients

2019 George B. Hernandez, Jr., JD
2018 David Huffstutler
2017 Tim Lancaster
2016 Gary Brock
2015 Jon M. Foster
2014 Michael D. Williams
2013 Barclay E. Berdan
2012 Dan Wolterman
2011 Robert L. Smith
2010 Ernest Flores Jr.
2009 Don Beeler
2008 Joel Allison
2007 Tucker Bonner
2006 Elmer Ellis
2005 Mark Wallace
2004 J. Lindsey Bradley
2003 Michael Jhin
2002 Don Richey
2001 Jim B. Smith
2000 Donald L. Stewart
1999 John A. Guest
1998 Kenneth Poteete
1997 Dan S. Wilford
1996 Boone Powell Jr.
1995 Michael C. Waters
1994 Douglas D. Hawthorne
1993 Bob L. Bybee
1992 Ron J. Anderson, M.D.
1991 Larry L. Mathis

1990 F. S. Walters Jr.
1989 Ronald L. Smith
1988 Gordon H. Russell
1987 James J. Farnsworth
1986 George M. Fleming, ED.D.
1985 Sister Mary Eustace Farrell
1984 Wendell O. Barber
1983 Alton Pearson
1982 Gordon W. Epperson
1981 Roderic M. Bell
1980 Richard L. Epperson
1979 George M. Brewer
1978 Arthur L. McElmurry
1977 C. Jack Price
1976 W. P. Earngey Jr.
1975 Guy H. Dalrymple
1974 W. Wilson Turner
1973 David H. Hitt
1972 George B. Pearson
1971 T. H. Morrison Jr.
1970 Horace Cardwell
1969 Boone Powell
1968 Ted Bowen
1967 Bolton Boone, D.D.
1966 Tol Terrell
1965 Earl M. Collier