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Roy Turner, M.D., Founding Physician on the HMHEB Medical Staff, Retires After Almost 40 Years
02/27/2007
BEDFORD, Texas – After 40 years of delivering babies and caring for the women of Northeast Tarrant County, Bedford obstetrician/ gynecologist Roy Turner, M.D., is hanging up his stethoscope next month.

Since he began seeing patients in the HEB area in 1969 while still a resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dr. Turner has helped approximately 6,000 babies come into the world, akin to delivering the entire population of Trophy Club. During the course of his career, Dr. Turner treated around 100,000 patients, equal to caring for every citizen of Carrollton.

“I have had the privilege to live and work in one of the finest communities anywhere. This community has not only nurtured me and my wife Ann, but five children and 13 grandchildren,” Dr. Turner said. “My patients made the long hours and 2 a.m. deliveries worth it all. I am proud to have had the privilege and honor to serve as many people as I have. They are the hardest part to leave. I will miss them greatly!”

“Dr. Turner is so knowledgeable. He has always taken time to teach us about disease processes so we could better treat our patients,” said Nanette Rix, R.N., B.S.N., director of Women's Services at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital. “He will always be in our hearts and be a part of the Women's Services family.”

Dr. Turner is a vital part of the history of Northeast Tarrant County-he delivered the first baby born at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital and performed the hospital's first surgery. As a founding member of the hospital's medical staff, he was instrumental in its growth, serving as Chief of the Medical Staff twice – once from 1975 to 1976 and again from 2004 to 2006. Dr. Turner also took a turn as the medical director of obstetrics/gynecology.

“Many of us would have to confess to being frustrated at the changes we have witnessed in health care over the course of our careers,” said Robert Rowland, M.D., current chief of the medical staff at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital. “Roy has seen all of them and more. And yet not only has he maintained a remarkable degree of optimism, he has responded to these changes by simply rolling up his sleeves and tackling the problem.”

While some envision fishing trips, gardening or travel when dreaming of retirement, Dr. Turner is planning to share his medical and hospital expertise as a surveyor for The Joint Commission (TJC). TJC is a national not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, according to its Web site.

“Being a TJC surveyor affords me the opportunity to continue to have a positive influence in medicine,” Dr. Turner said. “It is an opportunity to use the clinical and administrative skills I've gained over the years to give back to the community. I am pleased to be a part of this process and look forward to continuing to be an active part of the medical community through the Joint Commission.”

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women's services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational health services, psychiatric and addiction treatment and pediatrics.

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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