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Kirk King

Kirk King

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Kirk King, FACHE, president of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of health care leadership.  He is responsible for the operational, financial, quality and strategic oversight of a 410-bed, acute-care hospital that also include the 48-bed Texas Health Heart and Vascular Hospital.

Under his leadership at Texas Health Arlington Memorial, the hospital has received notable accreditations and awards including the first Accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in Texas and the National Doyle Award for Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare.  During his tenure, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital completed the 200,000 square foot Vandergriff Surgical Tower and expanded the Emergency Department to double its capacity.  He led development of the Texas Health Heart and Vascular Hospital, a joint-ventured, physician investor-owned cardiovascular specialty hospital that opened in 2010 on the Arlington campus.

King joined Texas Health in 1999 as president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. He served as president of Texas Health Harris Hurst-Euless-Bedford Hospital from 2006-2007.  Prior to joining Texas Health, King was assistant administrator for Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health System in Birmingham, Alabama, for 10 years.

King earned his masters' degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and holds a bachelor of science degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

King serves on the Texas Health Resources System Policy Committee and chairs the Texas Health Innovative Technology Solutions Council. He served as executive champion for development of the Texas Health Brand Promise, Individuals Caring for Individuals, Together and is a founding member of the Texas Health Diversity Action Committee.

King served on the board of trustees for the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council from 2005-2010 and as board chairman in 2009. He is a past president of ACHE of North Texas.  King is involved in leadership positions at several charitable and community organizations including the Tarrant County Heart Association and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.


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Chief Nursing Officer

Lori Donovan
Lori Donovan

Lori Donovan, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., CNOR, is chief nurse officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. She is responsible for the strategic, operational, clinical, and financial performance of the hospital's nursing services.

Donovan was named the hospital's administrative director of surgical services in 2006, and played an instrumental role in the opening of the Vandergriff Surgical Tower and Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington, a physician-led specialty hospital on the campus of Texas Health Arlington Memorial. Before that, she served as a surgical services nurse manager at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

Donovan earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Wis., in 1986 and a master's degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2006. She is a member of The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, the Texas Nursing Association and the Texas Council of periOperative Registered Nurses. She was recognized as a "Great 100 Nurse" by the Texas Nurses Association in 2005. She is passionate about health and wellness and competes in Ironman Triathlons in her spare time.

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Chief Medical Officer

James H. Sammons Jr., M.D. 

James Sammons Jr., M.D.



James H. Sammons Jr., M.D., was named chief medical officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in July 2012. He is responsible for promoting clinical excellence and safety in patient care throughout all hosptial departments.

With 20 years of physician leadership experience, Sammons formerly served as vice president for medical affairs at two Virginia health care systems: Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg. Having served in the Armed Forces for more than 26 years, Sammons is a retired colonel from the United States Air Force Medical Corps, where he completed clinical and leadership assignments during two wars.

Sammons graduated from Texas A&M University and Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center in Virginia. He also holds a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Sammons and his wife, Cindy, who is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

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