(AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. 2, 2019) The Texas Hospital Association has elected its 2019 Board of Trustees. New members and officers officially begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2019. Sally A. Hurt-Deitch, RN, chief nursing officer and vice president patient care services at Tenet Healthcare, begins her one-year term as chair. Chris Durovich, president/ CEO of Children’s Health in Dallas, will serve as chair-elect.
New or reappointed trustees elected to serve two- or three-year terms include:
- T. Douglas Lawson, Ph.D, CHI St. Luke’s Health, Houston.
- Brett S. McClung, FACHE, Texas Health Resources, Arlington.
- Craig A. Cordola, FACHE, Ascension Texas, Austin.
- Pamela J. (Pam) Bradshaw, DNP, RN, Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo.
Trustees re-elected as members of the board include:
- Erol Akdamar, FACHE, Medical City Healthcare, Dallas.
- Marc Boom, M.D., FACHE, Houston Methodist.
- John McWhorter, III, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas.
THA serves in Austin and Washington, D.C., representing the needs of Texas hospitals, their employees and their communities to create and sustain a strong health care system. As the Texas legislative session looms, Texas hospitals are focused on a variety of important health care issues. Among them:
- Funding for physician residencies at Texas’ teaching hospitals.
- Behavioral health funding and expansion of service availability and access.
- Sustained support for enhancement of Medicaid reimbursement rates, including those for rural hospitals and trauma facilities.
- Solutions to increase the number of Texans with private health insurance.
At the same time, the national health care debate will continue. Texas is currently home to the highest rate of the uninsured in the country amid a growing population and massive job growth.