Texas Hospitals Convene New COVID-19 Taskforce
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(AUSTIN, Texas – March 12, 2020)  – The Texas Hospital Association today will convene its new COVID-19 Taskforce, comprised of select Texas hospital leaders, to address the most pressing concerns for hospitals preparing for and responding to the 2019 novel disease. Among other things, the taskforce will:

  • Provide guidance and expertise on resources Texas hospitals need to respond to the outbreak.
  • Address nuances in hospital operations and streamline hospital care procedures for COVID-19.
  • Identify issues for THA to focus its communication and advocacy efforts.

“THA is committed to ensuring that Texas hospitals have the resources they need. Our hospitals must be strong partners and work together during challenges to protect patients. COVID-19 is certainly a major challenge and we must remain diligent, informed and collaborative,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/CEO. “When and where an infectious disease may emerge is unpredictable, so preparedness and communication is key.”

The taskforce is made up of select hospital leaders, including physician and nurse executives, operations and finance experts, health care leaders from institutions of higher education and a representative from the Texas Department of State Health Services. They include:

Allen Harrison
President/CEO
Methodist Healthcare System
San Antonio
Chair, THA COVID-19 Taskforce

Craig Rhyne, M.D.
Regional Chief Medical Officer
Covenant Health System
Lubbock

Sam Bagchi, M.D.
EVP/Chief Clinical Officer
CHRISTUS Health
Irving

Ken Mitchell, M.D.
SVP/Chief Medical Officer
St. David’s HealthCare
Austin

Angela Shippy, M.D.
Senior Vice President/Chief Medical & Quality Officer
Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston

Georgia Thomas, RN, FACHE
Associate VP of Regional Clinical Effectiveness
Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston

Jim Morrison, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer/EVP
Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center
Waco

Doug Lawson, Ph.D.
CEO
CHI St. Luke’s Health
Houston

Russell Meyers
President/CEO
Midland Memorial Hospital

Cindy Ann Stout, DNP, RN CEO
El Paso Children’s Hospital

David Lakey, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs & Chief Medical Officer
The University of Texas System
Austin

Fred Cerise, M.D.
CEO
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Dallas

Michael Lee, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Matagorda Regional Medical Center

Jayne Pope, RN, FACHE
CEO
Hill Country Memorial Hospital
Fredericksburg

Pam Bradshaw, DNP, RN
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing Officer
Shannon Medical Center
San Angelo

Mary Robinson, Ph.D., RN
Chief Nursing Officer of Reliable Health
Texas Health Resources
Arlington

Brian Becker, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Ascension Providence
Waco

Kristi Jordan
Associate Commissioner for Health Care Regulation
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Austin

Gary Floyd, M.D.
Pediatrician
Vice Chair, Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees
Keller

Imelda Garcia
Associate Commissioner for Laboratory & Infectious Diseases
Texas Department of State Health Services

Robert Hendler, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Texas Hospital Association
Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Carrie Williams
Vice President, Communications
512/465-1052 | cwilliams@tha.org

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About 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 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 400,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.