Texas Hospital Association Announces Annual Award Winners


AUSTIN (Feb. 14, 2023) – The Texas Hospital Association is currently hosting its THA Annual Conference & Expo virtually and in-person in Austin. THA’s 2022 award winners were announced to attendees from across the state during today’s conference events.

This year’s award winners include:

  • Christopher Durovich, FACHE, President and CEO of Children’s Health (Dallas), Earl M. Collier Award
  • Jeff Barnhart, FACHE, CEO of the Deaf Smith County Hospital District (Hereford), Pioneer Award
  • Texas Health Resources (Arlington), Excellence Community Service Award
  • University Health (San Antonio), Bill Aston Award for Quality in the Academic Institution or Large Teaching Hospital/Health System category
  • Texas Health Resources (Arlington), Bill Aston Award for Quality in the Non-Research/Non-Teaching Hospital/Health System category

The Earl M. Collier Award is received by Christopher Durovich of Children’s Health. It is the highest honor bestowed by THA. It recognizes outstanding executives who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the health care industry and their profession, who are leaders in providing quality health care services and active in THA and other industry groups.

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The Texas Hospital Association’s Pioneer Award is given to Jeff Barnhart of the Deaf Smith County Hospital District. It is awarded to a CEO/administrator of a rural hospital or health care system who demonstrates creative and innovative management achievements and leadership within the organization and the community.

Texas Health Resources in Arlington is named as the recipient of the Excellence in Community Service Award. The award recognizes hospitals and health care systems that have distinguished themselves through contributions to their community.

The THA Bill Aston Award for Quality is received by University Health in San Antonio and Texas Health Resources in Arlington. This honor recognizes a hospital’s measurable success in improving quality and patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative.


About the Texas Hospital Association
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents more than 488 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 400,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at https://twitter.com/texashospitals.