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THR Realignment Aims to Enable Patients and Their Physicians to Draw on System-wide Capabilities
04/24/2007

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Health Resources (THR) today announced several leadership promotions following an organizational realignment last week designed to more fully integrate the largest hospital system in North Texas. The new alignment will allow patients and their physicians to more effectively and efficiently draw on the vast resources spread across THR's 29-county system.

The promotions involve moving leaders into key positions within the new alignment. The realignment and promotions are the first steps in executing THR's 10-year strategic focus – an ambitious, long-term plan aimed at transforming the delivery of health care in North Texas.

In announcing the promotions and new assignments, Doug Hawthorne, CEO of THR, said, “We're moving people into positions that will enhance our integrated, team-oriented structure and harness the best capabilities of people and technologies across the system to effectively execute our new 10-year strategic focus. THR is fortunate to have strong leaders throughout the system. Whenever we have opportunities for growth, we look first within our own organization to find people who can take us to the next level. The fact that we are able to promote leaders within the system and move them to where their individual talents are most needed is a testament to the caliber of people we have.”

The changes align the hospitals and support services under the two senior executive vice presidents announced earlier, Barclay Berdan and Stephen Hanson.

Berdan is leaving his post as president of Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital to accept the senior executive vice president position. Oscar Amparan, president of Arlington Memorial Hospital, will replace Berdan as president of Harris Methodist Fort Worth. Amparan will retain his position as executive vice president of THR. Kirk King, president of Harris Methodist H•E•B, will move to Arlington Memorial as president. Debbie Paganelli, president of Harris Methodist Erath County in Stephenville, will take over as president of Harris Methodist H•E•B, and a new president will be recruited for the Stephenville hospital. Brett McClung, president of Harris Methodist Northwest, will become president of Harris Methodist Southwest, replacing Stansel Harvey who announced his retirement last week. THR will recruit a new president for Harris Methodist Northwest in Azle.

Hawthorne added, “THR looks for opportunities to advance our hospital leaders to new roles of increasingly greater complexity and breadth. By deepening their knowledge and skills, they will better understand the different communities and environments in which our hospitals operate, and that will help prepare them to be leaders of tomorrow. Our goal is to become more patient-focused, collaborative and nimble so that we can quickly respond to the ever-changing health care needs of our communities and transform the delivery of health care in North Texas.”

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. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.TexasHealth.org.

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