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Texas Health Resources Advances Leadership, Governance Structures to Align Clinical, Operational Activities
03/07/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources today announced a transformational advancement of its leadership and governance structure designed to enhance the health system’s ability to deliver patient-centered, coordinated services across the continuum of care with improved quality and in more cost-effective settings.

The organization has created two new positions — a chief operations officer (COO) and a chief clinical officer (CCO). The COO and CCO will have joint responsibility for execution of the next phase of the 10-year strategic plan launched in 2006. Both positions will report to CEO Doug Hawthorne. Hawthorne expects to announce selection decisions regarding those positions later this month. Some senior management positions were eliminated in the reorganization.

“While our nation’s leaders continue to work toward reform of the fragmented health system, Texas Health Resources must chart its own course, understanding that true reform happens locally by those directly giving and receiving care,” said Kerney Laday, chairman of the Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees. “Texas Health Resources started up this transformational path years before federal healthcare reform legislation passed, and this is another step along the path to becoming a national benchmark health system.”

Hawthorne, FACHE, added, “This dyad leadership model has been adopted by other leading healthcare systems and has proven to be an effective structure for aligning operational and clinical sides of large, complex health organizations. We must become the change we want to see. So we are transforming our organization from being a hospital-centered system to become a well-connected and coordinated system of health services that strives to help people be healthy and well in addition to expertly treating disease. This is a significant step in our 10-year journey to become a health care system that excels at managing the health of groups of individuals by tailoring individual care plans that treat the whole person and emphasize prevention, well-being and expert medical care when needed.”

Underneath the system-level COO and CCO, the dyad model is replicated in three geographically-drawn zones, designated North, Southeast and Southwest. Each zone has two executive vice president level positions — operations leader and clinical leader — that are jointly responsible for the zone.

Physicians will be named and/or recruited for the CCO and chief clinical leader positions, fulfilling Texas Health’s goal of bringing more physicians into leadership roles across the system. The co-leader approach of teaming a physician leader with an experienced operations leader is a key element in bringing about consistent, connected, high quality care delivered in the most appropriate care setting.

The governing boards of the organization will also be advanced. The Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees — all volunteers chosen from among the leaders of the community — will continue to be responsible for financial and operational strategies and success measures as it has since the company was formed. Each zone will have its own board that will be responsible for the coordination of all Texas Health facilities in the zone and for enhancing alignment with physicians, continuum of care partners and community organizations. Hospital community boards will continue to focus on overseeing local quality, safety and medical staff credentialing requirements, as well as community health, community advocacy and philanthropic efforts.

Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation and Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation will be consolidated into one Texas Health Foundation.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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