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Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford President Earns FACHE Designation
05/22/2009

BEDFORD, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford president Deborah Paganelli has been named to Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of 30,000 health care executives.

Debbie Paganelli, CHE

Debbie Paganelli

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“We are proud of Debbie for achieving this milestone in her career,” said Barclay Berdan, senior executive vice president of system alignment and performance for Texas Health Resources, Texas Health HEB’s parent organization. “Debbie has shown great leadership as she has successfully advanced initiatives at Texas Health HEB. Earning Fellow status shows her commitment to the profession and the community.”

To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. Fellow status is the highest level of professional achievement in ACHE.

“I am thrilled to have achieved this milestone but the real advantage is the relationships I have developed and the experience this process has taught me,” Paganelli said.

Paganelli has lead Texas Health HEB since June 2007. Previously she served as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville.

During her time at Texas Health HEB, she oversaw the hospital’s quest to become designated a “Baby-Friendly hospital” by the World Health Organization, one of three hospitals in Texas with the honor. She also oversaw the hospital’s expansion of its mental health facility, Texas Health Springwood.

Paganelli earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas in Austin and her Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from Texas Woman's University. She is a diplomat with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Paganelli serves as a member of the HEB Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Board of Directors for the HEBISD Education Foundation and the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

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. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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