Newsmakers, September/October 2020
  • Newsmakers

    September/October 2020

Texas Hospitals in the News


Dell Children’s Medical Center

Dell Children’s Medical Center officially launched its heart transplant program. The program is a partnership between Dell Children’s, the University of Texas Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin. Dell Children’s is one of three Texas children’s hospitals that performs pediatric heart transplants.


St. David’s Medical Center’s Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute

St. David’s Medical Center’s Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute became the first in the nation to implant the WATCHMAN FLX™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure – the first FDA-approved device for the reduction of stroke risk in patients with non-valvular A Fib.


Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital has adopted the Owl Insights Behavioral Care Platform for its psychology services. Owl Insights integrates with Texas Children’s current EHR system to screen, stratify and monitor patient progress.


CHI St. Luke’s Health – Memorial

CHI St. Luke’s Health – Memorial is now the most accredited cardiovascular program in Texas after receiving two new recognitions from the American College of Cardiology Accreditations Services. These accreditations recognize CHI St. Luke’s expertise in treating patients who come in for cardiac care.


Texas Health Rockwall

Texas Health Rockwall introduced virtual community education classes. Some of the offerings include classes for childbirth, breastfeeding, and babysitting and support groups for bariatric patients. These classes will allow the community to receive quality education from the safety of their own homes.

Executive Moves


Jim Parobek

Jim Parobek has been named president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after serving as interim president since April 2019. Previously, Parobek served in a leadership role at Southwestern Health Resources.

Harker Heights

Patrick Swindle

Patrick Swindle has been named CEO of Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights. Previously, Swindle served as CEO of UTHealth Quitman and UTHealth Pittsburg.


Alec King

Alec King has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Memorial Hermann Health System effective Oct. 1. Previously, King served as senior vice president of finance at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.


Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson has been named ambulatory surgery vice president of HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division. Previously, Nelson served as regional operations director at Davita, Inc.


Robert Marmerstein

Robert Marmerstein has been named CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball. Previously, Marmerstein served as chief operating officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood.


Anthony Villagran

Anthony Villagran has been named chief financial officer of Medical City McKinney. Previously, Villagran served as CFO of Medical City Alliance in Fort Worth.


Brad Stein

Brad Stein has been named chief financial officer of Medical City Plano, he will also serve as CFO at Medical City Frisco. Previously, Stein served as CFO and chief staffing officer at Medical City McKinney.


Cameron Howard

Cameron Howard has been named chief operating officer of Medical City Plano. Previously, Howard served as COO at St. David’s Surgical Hospital in Austin.


Kirk Calhoun

Dr. Kirk Calhoun will serve as president of both the University of Texas at Tyler and the UT Health Science Center at Tyler. In December, it was announced that UT Tyler and the UT Health Science Center at Tyler would be combined under one umbrella. Dr. Calhoun currently serves as president of UT Health Science Center.