Congratulations to THA’s January Newsmakers

THA members are making headlines for their leadership and recent achievements.


THA’s Newsmakers are leaders from THA-member hospitals and health systems making headlines in Texas health care. Please join in congratulating January’s Newsmakers:

Barclay E. Berdan
Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay E. Berdan has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2022 by Modern Healthcare magazine. This program acknowledges those deemed by their peers and the senior editors of the magazine to be the most influential figures in the industry in terms of leadership and impact. Berdan brings more than 46 years of health care leadership experience, serving as CEO of Texas Health for the past eight years. He was previously chief operating officer, senior executive vice president for system alignment and performance and served as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He joined Texas Health in 1986 as vice president/administrator for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth.

Zach Dietze
UT Health East Texas

Zach Dietze has been named CEO of UT Health East Texas’ Tyler hospital. Dietze most recently served as chief operating officer of Tulsa, Okla.-based Hillcrest Medical Center. He has also served as CEO of Harker Heights, Texas-based Seton Medical Center.

Kristin Dyer
Medical City Healthcare

Kristin Dyer has been named chief financial officer of Medical City Healthcare. Dyer has been part of HCA Healthcare, the parent company of Medical City Healthcare, since 2013, previously serving as CFO of the HCA Healthcare North Florida Division. She has previously held CFO roles at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals and at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee. Dyer also served eight years in the U.S. Navy, where she achieved the final rank of lieutenant in the Medical Services Corps and acted as CFO/comptroller at the Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, CA.

Eyal Gottlieb, PhD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Eyal Gottlieb, PhD, has been named vice president for research for the Houston-based University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Gottlieb will oversee the laboratory science departments and work closely with other executives to implement a scientific research strategy across the institution. Previously, Dr. Gottlieb served as director of the Israel-based Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences.

Allen Harrison
Medical City Healthcare

Allen Harrison has been named division president for Medical City Healthcare. Harrison brings a breadth of knowledge, health care leadership and frontline experience to the role. Previously, Harrison served for four years as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio. He has also served as CEO at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, CEO at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, and COO of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colo.

Courtney Head
Hendrick Health

Courtney Head has been named vice president of human resources for Hendrick Health. In her new role, she is responsible for recruitment, retention, employee benefits and employee health and wellness. After joining the Hendrick human resources team 15 years ago, Head was promoted to director in 2013 and to assistant vice president in October 2020. Her other roles at Hendrick have included benefits manager and human resources recruiter.

Tiffany Miller
Yoakum Community Hospital

Tiffany Miller has been named CEO of Yoakum Community Hospital. Miller has served nearly three years as CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Humble. In her 10 years as a health care executive, she has also held roles at Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare and Chicago-based VillageMD. She will begin her tenure at the 23-bed hospital on Jan. 23.

Michael Perez, MBA, PT, FACHE
CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville

Michael Perez, MBA, PT, FACHE has been named president of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville. Over the past six months, Perez has served as interim president. Perez previously served as director of operations for CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – South and served as the director of rehab therapy, total joint, spine & robotics programs.

Kimberly Shaw

Kimberly Shaw, BSN
St. Joseph Health

Kimberly Shaw, BSN, has been named president of Bryan, Texas-based St. Joseph Health, a member of Houston-based St. Luke’s Health. Shaw brings more than three decades of health care leadership experience to the role. Most recently, she has served as president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican San Martin in Las Vegas. St. Joseph is a five-hospital system serving communities in the Brazos Valley region.

John Voight, MSN, RN

John Voight, MSN, RN
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands

John Voight, MSN, RN, has been named vice president and chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. Voight will lead a staff of more than 1,200 nurses. Previously, Voight served as CNO at HCA Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. The Woodlands Medical Center is part of Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System.

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