Recent News Releases from the Texas Hospital Association


Carrie Williams 
Chief Communications Officer 
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New Report Outlines Pandemic’s Staggering Impact on Texas Hospitals

November 30, 2022

Nearly one out of every 10 Texas hospitals is at serious risk of closure, and nearly half of all Texas hospitals are facing negative operating margins this year, according to a new report released today from Kaufman Hall.

THA Earns Top Workplaces Honor for 2022

November 22, 2022

The Texas Hospital Association has earned the Austin American-Statesman’s Top Workplaces 2022 award for its ongoing commitment to employee satisfaction and workplace standards.

National Pediatric Bed Shortage Prompts Texas Action

October 28, 2022

Texas hospitals are urging the public to stay vigilant about respiratory illnesses following nationwide reports of pediatric hospital bed shortages due to this season’s rapid spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza. Texas pediatric hospital beds are currently 88% occupied, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. John Hellerstedt Receives THA Trustee Award for Public Health Leadership Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 21, 2022

For his steadfast and sound public health leadership during COVID-19, as well as for his long and distinguished career in public service prior to the pandemic, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), has been honored with the Texas Hospital Association’s THA Trustee Award.

THA Statement on Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

June 24, 2022

Today, John Hawkins, THA president/CEO, issued the following statement regarding today’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Decision.

THA Statement on Uvalde School Shooting

May 24, 2022

Today, THA President and CEO John Hawkins issued the following statement regarding today’s tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Texas Hospitals Unite Against Workplace Violence

April 25, 2022

The Texas Hospital Association and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council have issued a position on health care workplace violence to inform communities across the state that all Texas hospitals stand united on this critical issue. April is Workplace Violence Awareness Month, and, in alignment with the American Hospital Association, Texas hospitals will celebrate June 3 as #HAVHope Day, a national day of awareness intended to highlight how organizations and communities can come together to combat violence. Texas hospitals have adopted the following statement against health care workplace violence.

Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Waiver Extension Reinstated

April 22, 2022

Today, THA President and CEO John Hawkins issued the following statement regarding today’s notice that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is withdrawing its rescission of the Texas 1115 Medicaid waiver extension. CMS indicates in today’s letter that continuing to litigate the issue is not an effective use of the federal government’s limited resources.

Texas Hospital Association Announces Annual Award Winners

April 8, 2022

The Texas Hospital Association this week held their annual THA Annual Conference & Expo virtually and in-person. This year’s annual award winners were announced to attendees from across the state.

Doug Lawson Of St. Luke’s Health Receives Prestigious Earl M. Collier Award

April 8, 2022

The Texas Hospital Association names T. Doug Lawson, Ph.D., CEO of St. Luke’s Health and SVP of Operations for CommonSpirit Health in Houston, as the recipient of the 2021 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration in recognition of his dedication to the health care industry. The award was presented at THA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Expo – held virtually and in-person this year.