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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Chief Operating Officer Announces Retirement
01/28/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas — Sandra Harris, RN, MS, FACHE, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, will retire after 37 years of service to the hospital. Harris plans to leave her post March 31.

Sandra Harris
Sandra Harris

“I leave a little piece of my heart with every encounter,” Harris said. “I have always loved Texas Health Arlington Memorial. Yet it’s my time to move on to enjoy more time with my family.”

Harris has witnessed much of the hospital’s growth, from the time she joined the staff as a part-time nurse in 1973 to her appointment as chief operating officer in 2005. Under her leadership, the hospital has opened a $76 million Tom Vandergriff surgical tower, earned one of the first Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditations in the country from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, celebrated 50 years of service to the community, and begun a major expansion of its emergency department.

Harris began her career in 1968 as a civilian staff nurse at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y., followed by a three-year stint as staff nurse for JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas in Arlington. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management.

“It has been a true honor and privilege to have served with her and have her counsel and support during my tenure at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital,” said Kirk King, FACHE, the hospital’s president. “Her compassion for the staff’s well being, for patients, and for the community is evident. There’s no question about how much she genuinely cares about people.”

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

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.

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