Newsmakers, March/April 2020
  • Newsmakers

    March/April 2020

Texas Hospitals in the News


Baylor Scott & White

Baylor Scott & White opened its first full-service hospital in Austin. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Austin Oak Hill has a 24/7 emergency department, intensive care unit, medical offices as well as operating and imaging rooms.

Fort Worth

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Heart Attack Center Certification. As a Primary Heart Attack Center, Texas Health has shown that it has the necessary resources to provide percutaneous coronary intervention to heart attack patients 24/7.


Baylor Scott & White Centennial

Baylor Scott & White Centennial has been designated a Level III trauma center by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The hospital the 16th hospital in the Baylor Scott & White Health system to earn designation as a trauma center.


Houston Methodist Hospital

Houston Methodist Hospital installed “rejuvenation stations” to help ER staff decompress during stressful days. The soundproof pods have music and soothing nature videos. Houston Methodist is the first hospital in the country to test the pods.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is partnering with Texas A&M University to become a teaching hospital. Students will receive hands-on, real-world experience alongside attending physicians. The program launched in January.


Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital

Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital earned accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation for advancing heart and vascular health and patient safety.


CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial has been recognized as an accredited HeartCARE Center of Excellence by the American College of Cardiology for providing world-class patient care through a sustainable quality improvement program.


McAllen Medical Center

McAllen Medical Center recently became a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center with advanced technology and doctors to assist patients during a stroke. The hospital is working towards starting a stroke research project soon..


Valley Baptist Medical Center

Valley Baptist Medical Center opened a micro-hospital to deliver health care in the Rio Grande Valley. The facility includes a 14-bed emergency department including two trauma bays, one procedure room, eight inpatient beds. It is staffed by specially trained physicians, nurses and techs.

Executive Moves


Sandy Ethridge

Sandy Ethridge has been named chief operating officer at Northwest Texas Healthcare System. Previously, Etheridge served as chief operating officer at Mission Trail Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.


Timothy Brierty

Timothy Brierty has been named regional hospital president at Ascension Texas. He will oversee Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek and Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin. Previously, Brierty served as chief operating officer at Dell Seton Medical Center.


Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara, M.D.

Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara, M.D. has been named chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Previously Dr. Kabara was a tenured associate professor of neurosurgery, bioengineering and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh and a faculty of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Fort Worth

Penny Johnson

Penny Johnson has been named president and chief executive officer for Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South and AdventHealth’s Southwest Region. Previously, Johnson served as senior vice president of finance at AdventHealth.


Erin Asprec

Erin Asprec has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer at Memorial Hermann Health System. Previously, Asprec served as the health system’s chief transformation officer and chief of acute care services.

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