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Chief Medical Officer Named at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
07/19/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital recently named James H. Sammons Jr., M.D., as its chief medical officer. In this position, he will promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care throughout all departments at Texas Health Arlington Memorial.

James H. Sammons Jr., M.D.
James H. Sammons Jr., M.D.

Beginning July 30, Sammons will work with the hospital’s executive team and medical staff to advance the quality of care at Texas Health Arlington Memorial. He will report to Harold Berenzweig, M.D., Texas Health Resources’ executive vice president and Southwest Zone clinical leader.

In May, Texas Health announced its new dyad model in which clinical leaders and operations leaders work side-by-side in leadership positions from the top system-level down to the hospital level. The chief medical officer of each hospital will work in a dyad with the hospital president.

“Dr. Sammons’ expertise, clinical skills and leadership will be a valuable resource at Texas Health Arlington Memorial and throughout the Texas Health system,” said Kirk King, hospital president. “We anticipate him helping us advance our focus of addressing the overall well-being of individuals, from birth to the end of life.”

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.

“The chief medical officer’s responsibility is to continuously improve patient care,” said Sammons. “With this in mind, I look forward to promoting Texas Health’s commitment of engaging physicians on the medical staff, nurses and employees at all levels in providing quality health care to patients on a daily basis.”

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

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 369-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

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 25 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, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health 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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