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Texas Health Cleburne Recognizes Employees for Their Service

CLEBURNE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne recently recognized three employees for their dedication to its patients.

Texas Health Cleburne Employees Recognized
Salvador Villacorta (left), Brenda Marek, Doug Hawthorne (via videoconference), Blake Kretz, and Mark Ely.

“One of the highlights of my job is recognizing our employees for the care and attention they offer each of our patients,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, hospital president. “Salvador, Mark and Brenda truly embody the spirit of Texas Health employees who strive to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. Their commitment to providing the best service they can is evident in their daily interactions.”

Salvador Villacorta received the Living the Mission Award. Villacorta is a chef in Texas Health Cleburne Food Services. He joined the hospital in August 2009. Villacorta was recognized for his attention to detail and the warm smile he shares when greeting visitors to the cafeteria.

Mark Ely was awarded the Helping Hands Award. Ely served as a volunteer chaplain for Texas Health Cleburne for 18 years. He recently joined the hospital’s staff as a part-time employee to care for the spiritual needs of patients, their families and employees of the hospital.

Brenda Marek received the Patient Safety Star Award. Marek has worked at the hospital for 13 years. She currently is a laboratory assistant leader. Marek was recognized for her work participating in hospital teams to tweak processes and procedures to improve patient safety. “She is a customer-oriented employee who we all are proud of,” her supervisor said.

Texas Health Resources CEO Doug Hawthorne participated in the awards presentation via videoconference to congratulate the recipients.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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