Newsmakers, July/August 2021
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Executive Moves

Corpus Christi

Christina Cortez Perry

Christina Cortez Perry, MSN, APRN, has been named vice president of cardiovascular services at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. Previously, Perry served as cardiology program coordinator for the health system.

Corpus Christi

Becky Rios

Becky Rios has been named chief financial officer of CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. Previously, Perry served as vice president of finance for the health system.

Corpus Christi

LaNell Scott

LaNell Scott has been named president of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi South. Previously, she served as chief nursing officer at CHRSTUS Santa Rosa in San Antonio.

Dallas

Ronnie Midgett

Ronnie Midgett has been named chief financial officer of Medical City Healthcare. Previously, Midgett served as CFO of HCA Healthcare’s Reston (Va.) Hospital Center.

Dallas

Jennifer Mitzner

Jennifer Mitzner has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Baylor Scott & White Health. Previously, Mitzner served as executive vice president and CFO of Hoag Health in Newport Beach, Calif.

Dallas

Joseph Parra

Joseph Parra, M.D., has been named division chief medical officer of Medical City Healthcare. Previously, Dr. Parra served as CMO of North Florida Regional Medical Center.

Fort Worth

John Hoover

John Hoover has been named chief operating officer of Medical City Fort Worth. Previously, Hoover served as COO of Eastside Medical Center in Atlanta.

Houston

Alexandra Brock

Alexandra “Alex” Brock has been named chief operating officer of HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress. Brock has been serving as the facility's vice president of operations since January 2021.

Houston

Jane Stirrup

Jane Stirrup, MSN, RN, has been named vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of St. Luke’s Health’s Patients Medical Center in Pasadena. Stirrup has been serving as interim vice president of patient care services at Patient’s Medical Center since November 2020.

Longview

John Christopher McClish

John Christopher McClish, M.D., has been named chief of cardiology at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. Dr. McClish joins CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic with over 17 years of cardiology experience.

San Antonio

Enrique Bernal

Enrique Bernal has been named chief financial officer of Methodist Healthcare System. Previously, Bernal served as CFO of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital.

Members in the News

Austin

Dell Children’s Medical Center

Dell Children’s Medical Center announced their new medical dog program called “emBark!” The highly trained therapy dogs will provide emotional support and motivation for patients.

Austin

Ascension Seton Williamson in Round Rock

Ascension Seton Williamson in Round Rock has been designated a Level IV Maternal Care facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This is the highest possible designation of maternal care.

Corpus Christi

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System and Oceans Healthcare

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System and Oceans Healthcare announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art behavioral health unit. The new unit will provide inpatient and outpatient services on the campus of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital’s Corpus Christi campus.

Dallas

Medical City Surgery Center Las Colinas

Medical City Surgery Center Las Colinas was awarded the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care’s Kershner QI Award. The award is given to ambulatory care centers in recognition of improvements made at their facilities based on their quality improvement studies.

Dallas

UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern Medical Center increased depression screenings of oncology patients by 44% as part of a quality improvement project. The team is using the Lean Six Sigma model which standardizes screening and follow-ups within oncology and psychiatry clinics.

El Paso

University Medical Center

University Medical Center unveiled its new mobile stroke unit. The unit is one of 20 in the U.S. and one of 30 in the world. The unit is equipped with an ACT scanner that offers detail about the type of stroke a person may have.

Harlingen

Valley Baptist Medical Center

Valley Baptist Medical Center is holding a whole-grain cereal drive to provide local kids and adults with healthy breakfasts this summer. According to the hospital, one in two children in the region live at or below poverty level which leads to food insecurity.

Houston

Houston Methodist

Houston Methodist announced the construction of a new hospital in Cypress. This will be Houston Methodist’s 9th hospital in the region and is projected to be open by 2024.

Houston

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Broad Institute launched a new translational research platform focused on rare cancers. The joint initiative will perform research and data collection to inform novel therapeutic strategies for rare cancers.

San Antonio

UT Health San Antonio

UT Health San Antonio announced a first-of-its-kind national cohort study to look at the social, cultural, behavioral, psychosocial, biological and medical influences on post-cancer life in Latino cancer survivors to fill a crucial gap in knowledge about their experiences.

San Antonio

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio broke ground and unveiled the cornerstone for the UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital, a center for research and treatment of cancer and other complex diseases.

Temple

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine announced that its Temple campus will open in July 2023 with an inaugural class of 40 medical students. Baylor’s new campus will replace Texas A&M in Temple.

Temple

Baylor Scott & White

Baylor Scott & White launched a new maternal transport team in Central Texas. The team will help transport high-risk mothers to the system’s maternal and NICU critical care unit in Temple.

Tyler

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital broke ground on their new Northeast Texas Cancer and Research Institute. The innovative cancer center will provide outpatient care to the region.

Waco

Ascension Providence

Ascension Providence is the first Texas hospital to be recognized through the Edwards Benchmark program for aortic stenosis treatment. The Edwards Benchmark program is designed to encourage the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) approach.