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Texas Health Resources Announces Leadership Advancements Supporting Clinical and Operational Integration Strategy

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources took a major step toward fulfilling its goal of bringing more physicians into leadership roles across the health system with the announcement of selections for several clinical and operational leader positions.

“Placing physicians in co-leadership roles with operations leaders brings together a depth of clinical and operational expertise that will help us provide consistent, integrated, quality care delivered in the most appropriate setting,” said Doug Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “This will enhance our ability to connect the dots along the care continuum and address all aspects of patient care — from wellness, prevention and primary care to acute care and post-acute care such as rehabilitation, home health and end-of-life care.”

Today’s announcement names the physicians and operations leaders who will serve in a “dyad” leadership model for each of three geographic zones. The dyad leadership model has been adopted by other leading health care systems and has proven to be an effective structure for aligning operational and clinical sides of large, complex health organizations.

Oscar L. Amparan, FACHE, and Mark Lester, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACS, will lead the Southeast zone as operations and clinical leaders, respectively. Jeffrey L. Canose, M.D., M.H.A., FACHE, and Harold Berenzweig, M.D., will serve as operations and clinical leaders of the Southwest zone, with Berenzweig in the clinical leader role. Stephen C. Hanson, FACHE, M.P.H., and Elizabeth “Liz” Ransom, M.D., FACS, will serve as operations and clinical leaders of the North zone, with Ransom in the clinical leader role.

All six of these leaders are currently serving in other positions within Texas Health. The leaders will assume their new positions June 1, and the transition to the new model is expected to be complete and fully operational by January 1, 2013.

“These leadership advancements are another step forward in the transformation of Texas Health from a hospital-centric organization to a patient-centered, fully-integrated health system,” added Hawthorne. “The ultimate goal of coupling clinical and operational leaders in a geographic-zone configuration is to bring together all elements of health-related activities inside and outside hospitals. By doing so, we will begin to shift the focus from caring for people when they are ill to keeping people healthy by implementing behavior interventions to improve health and outcomes over the long term.”

The zone leaders will report to senior executive vice president and chief operations officer Barclay E. Berdan, and a senior executive vice president and chief clinical officer to be named. A national search is underway for the chief clinical officer. Berdan and the chief clinical officer will serve in a dyad model reporting to CEO Doug Hawthorne.

Texas Health also announced that Krystal Mims, currently the president of Texas Health Partners, will become senior vice president of care continuum and collaborations for Texas Health. She will continue her responsibility for oversight of Texas Health Partners, the joint venture development and management arm of Texas Health, and will also manage outside affiliations with care continuum partners.

Lillie Biggins, B.S.N., M.S.N., will be promoted to president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, replacing Oscar Amparan as he moves into a zone operations leader position. Biggins currently serves as senior vice president of operations for the hospital. Mike Evans, B.S.N., M.S.N., will be promoted to hospital president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano from his current role as senior vice president and chief operating officer. He will replace Jeffrey Canose as he moves into a zone operations leader position.

National searches will be conducted to replace Ransom and Lester who served as chief quality officers at, respectively, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth.

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

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