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Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees Elects Bass as Chair, Ferguson as Vice Chair

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees has named Anne T. Bass and John R. Ferguson III to serve two-year leadership terms and to help establish the strategic direction for the largest faith-based health care system in North Texas in terms of patients served.

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Anne T. Bass
John R. Ferguson III
John R. Ferguson III

Bass, a community leader and president of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Foundation, was elected as the board’s chair. As board vice chair, she was elected in September to serve as chair upon the death of board chair Kerney Laday. Her new two-year term became effective Jan. 1.

Ferguson, retired managing director and a board member of TDIndustries, Inc., was selected as vice chair. His term also became effective Jan. 1.

Bass has served on the Texas Health board since 2002 and brings experience from a number of its subcommittees. Prior to joining the board and several of its committees, Ferguson previously served as chair of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas board.

“Texas Health Resources is blessed to have talented leaders who are dedicated to our mission of improving the health of our patients and individuals in the communities we serve — a spirit that marked Kerney Laday,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “I deeply appreciate Anne Bass’ willingness to lead the board on Kerney’s passing, and am pleased that the board has selected Anne and Bob Ferguson to serve as chair and vice chair. I look forward to working with them as Texas Health continues its work to transform health care in North Texas.”

Bass was the board’s vice chair from January 2012 and served as chair of its Quality & Performance Committee from 2010-2012, having previously served as chair of the Strategic Planning & Deployment Committee. She has been an active supporter of numerous other organizations and presently serves on the boards of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, Duke University, Brite Divinity School and Middlesex School.

Ferguson has served on the board’s Quality & Performance Committee since 2002 and is its chair in 2013. A 45-year veteran of TDIndustries, he serves on the boards of the Dallas County Community College District, Goodwill Industries, Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Salesmanship Club.

Bass, as the new chair, named the following Texas Health trustees to head key board committees:

  • Bohn D. Allen, M.D., Southwest Zone Sub-Committee of the Strategic Planning & Deployment Committee
  • Anne T. Bass, Governance
  • John R. Ferguson III, Quality & Performance
  • Denny R. Holman, Facilities Development & Real Estate Sub-Committee of the Finance Committee
  • Thomas W. Kindred, Southeast Zone Sub-Committee of the Strategic Planning & Deployment Committee
  • Joseph R. Nixon Jr., Investment Sub-Committee of the Finance Committee
  • Jimmy C. Payton Sr., North Zone Sub-Committee of the Strategic Planning & Deployment Committee
  • Leonard H. Roberts, Finance
  • W. Dennis Stripling, M.D., Audit & Compliance
  • J. Andy Thompson, Executive Compensation & Benefits Sub-Committee of the Governance Committee
  • Wesley R. Turner, Strategic Planning & Deployment
  • Richard M. Vigness, M.D., People & Culture

The board also welcomed new members Richard Vigness, M.D., John Wilder and James Y. Wynne. Vigness is a physician and surgeon. Wilder is executive chairman of Bluescape Resources. Wynne is a partner in the American Liberty Oil Company. He previously served as chair of the boards of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman and Presbyterian Healthcare Resources.

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 (1-877-847-9355), or visit

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