(Austin, Texas – Feb. 21, 2019) The Texas Hospital Association named David Huffstutler, president and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare in Austin and president of the Central & West Texas Division of HCA Healthcare, the recipient of the 2018 THA Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration in recognition of his dedication to the health care industry for almost 40 years. THA presented the award today at the 2019 THA Annual Conference and Expo in Austin.
The Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration is the highest honor bestowed by THA. 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.
“David Huffstutler embodies the values of the Earl M. Collier Award through his leadership and dedication to the highest standards of hospital administration,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/CEO. “David is recognized throughout the state for his commitment to Texas hospitals, and we at THA have seen firsthand his involvement and duty to excellence.”
From Huffstutler’s start at The Methodist Health Care System in Houston to his role at St. David’s HealthCare in Austin, a position he’s held since early 2011, the health care veteran works tirelessly, leading his team to address the health care of Texans across the state.
“I am humbled to receive this award from THA,” Huffstutler said. “Health care has been my vocation and my passion for many years, and it’s an honor to be recognized by an organization dedicated to hospitals in Texas.”
An active member of THA, Huffstutler is a past chairman of THA’s board of trustees. He also serves THA’s governance and nominating committee. He previously served as a chair of THA’s political action committee, HOSPAC.
Huffstutler also lends his considerable talents to organizations outside the medical community. He is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), a think tank made up of business and community leaders who work to advance the economic and social well-being of Central Texas. He also serves on the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Corporation Board as well as the American Heart Association Capital Area Division board of directors.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Huffstutler holds an undergraduate degree in health care management from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.