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THR President Wins National Honor

ARLINGTON, Texas — The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) announced today that Douglas D. Hawthorne, president and chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources (THR) will receive a Gold Medal Award at the College’s 45th Congress on Healthcare Management, March 18, 2002, in Chicago, Ill.

According to ACHE, the Gold Medal Award is the College’s highest honor bestowed on outstanding leaders who, through a career of service, have made significant contributions to the health-care profession and field. The purpose of the award is to identify ACHE Fellows who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state/provincial and national levels. The award recognizes those individuals who go beyond the confines of their own organization to continually contribute to the improvement of health-care services and community health. In 2000, Hawthorne led THR efforts to encourage more than 8,000 employees to volunteer more than 55,000 hours of community service. Also in 2000, THR contributed an estimated $28 million in time, goods and services to community benefit activities.

Hawthorne has been THR’s president and CEO since overseeing the 1997 combination of the Harris Methodist Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Resources and the Arlington Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc. Prior to this, he served as president and chief executive officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Resources and the Presbyterian Healthcare System. He held increasingly responsible positions within Presbyterian Healthcare from 1970 to 1983.

Board certified in health-care management and an ACHE Fellow, Hawthorne is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA), a member of the AHA Executive Committee and chairman of the AHA Operations Committee. He serves on the boards of: Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis; Trinity University in San Antonio; Premier, a leading healthcare alliance collectively owned by more than 200 independent not-for-profit hospitals and health systems in the United States; and the Boy Scouts of America. He also is a faculty member at several universities, including Trinity University and the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He is past chairman of the Texas Hospital Association and the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council.

Hawthorne has received numerous awards and commendations for his service to the health-care field, including the Earl M. Collier Award from the Texas Hospital Association in 1994 and the Boone Powell Sr. Award from the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council in 1997. He received his master’s degree in health-care administration and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.


Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health-care delivery systems in the state of Texas and in the United States. The system serves more than 5.4 million people living in 29 counties in north central Texas. In 1999, nearly one in five people living in these 29 counties were hospitalized in a THR hospital. THR was formed in 1997 with the assets of Fort Worth-based Harris Methodist Health System and Dallas-based Presbyterian Healthcare Resources. Later that year, Arlington Memorial Hospital joined the THR system. THR has 13 acute care hospitals with 2,442 licensed hospital beds, employs more than 15, 500 people and counts more than 3,200 physicians with active staff privileges at its hospitals. (Source: THR Strategic Services, Dec. 2001).

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of nearly 30,000 healthcare executives. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Management, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journal, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as ground-breaking research and career development and public policy programs. ACHE’s publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of improving the health status of society by advancing healthcare leadership and management excellence. (Source: ACHE, Dec. 2001).

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