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Jimmy C. Payton Sr. Named Texas Health Resources Board Chair

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jimmy C. Payton Sr., a Texas business leader for more than a half century and a long-time proponent of nonprofit health care, has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of Texas Health Resources. Payton, who previously served as vice chair of the board, succeeds Jim Oesterreicher, who stepped down after serving four years in the position. Oesterreicher remains on the THR Board. The change became effective Jan. 1.

“Jimmy Payton continues the tradition of great leadership for THR,” said Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of the organization. “As a successful business owner, he understands the challenges companies face in providing health benefits to their employees. He also understands the challenges confronting health care providers.”

Payton's health care involvement is extensive. In addition to his service on the THR board, he has served on the boards of the Harris Methodist Health System, Harris Methodist Health Foundation and Harris Methodist HEB Hospital.

“He knows THR hospitals very well and is passionate about community health,” Hawthorne added. “His experience will help guide us as THR continues its mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.”

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Payton began his career at an automotive dealership in Arlington more than 50 years ago. He subsequently served as president and CEO of Payton-Wright Ford Sales, Inc. in Grapevine for 32 years. He currently is chairman of Ennis Ford-Mercury, Inc., in Ennis and is a part-owner of Thornton Ford Lincoln-Mercury Honda in Richwood. He also is a partner in Payton Realty Management, Ltd., in Euless.

He is a board member of the Trinity River Authority, First United Methodist Church of Euless, First National Bank of Euless, Central Texas Methodist Foundation, Texas Department of Transportation-Motor Vehicles, Texas Automotive Dealers Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Payton is a lifelong resident of Euless where he resides with his wife, Helen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit

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