Texas Hospital Association Announces Annual Award Winners


AUSTIN (Feb. 15, 2024) – Today the Texas Hospital Association announced its annual award winners during the THA Annual Conference, hosted virtually and in-person in Dallas.


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Award recipients include:

The HOSPAC Star Award recognizes outstanding hospital leaders and trustees who go above and beyond to support HOSPAC, the state and federal political action committees for THA.

The HOSPAC Star Award is received by Freddy Warner, Jr., J.D., chief government relations officer at Memorial Hermann Health System.

THA’s Bill Aston Award for Quality and THA’s Excellence in Community Service Award honor Texas hospitals’ measurable contributions to patient care and community service.

The Excellence in Community Service Award is received by Children’s Health for their Behavioral Health Integration and Guidance Initiative, a proactive program launched in partnership with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to address children’s mental health needs at the point of primary care.

THA’s Bill Aston Award for Quality honors hospitals’ measurable success in improving quality and patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative.

The Bill Aston Award for Quality in the Rural Hospital Category is received by Deaf Smith County Hospital District for its Community Paramedicine Program, which offers post-hospitalization, in-home follow-up care and monitoring.

The Bill Aston Award for Quality in the Non-Research/Non-Teaching Hospital/Health System Category is received by St. Luke’s Health Texas Division for its Sepsis Mortality Improvement Program, which enhanced sepsis care across 10 acute care hospitals.

“These award winners have exemplified what it means to serve their communities inside and outside their facilities’ walls,” said John Hawkins, president/CEO of THA. “Their pursuit of meeting and exceeding the highest standards of health care should be celebrated and emulated.”


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.