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New Members Join Board at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle

AZLE, Texas — Three new members have been named to the Board of Trustees of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle. Russell Braudis, Frankie Robbins and Thomas Standefer began their service at the board’s monthly meeting on Jan. 12.

Leaving the board were Craig Doyle and Larry Vaughn. Doyle had served on the board since 2003 and was vice chair. He was replaced as vice chair by Bob Buckel. Vaughn, a former board chair, served since 2002. Board members normally are eligible to serve three 3-year terms. Officers may serve for a longer period.

“Craig and Larry have served the community, patients, staff and physicians of Texas Health Azle with enthusiasm, humility and hard work. We thank them for their dedicated service through the years,” said Steve Parker, board chair. “It’s also a pleasure to welcome Russ, Frankie and Tommy. We look forward to their insights and contributions in helping Texas Health Azle perform its mission of improving the health of the community we serve.”

The new members bring a rich variety of backgrounds and experiences to the board. Braudis served as an Azle city council member, then as city mayor from 2007-11. He previously completed a 20-year career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He currently serves as chair of the Northwest Tarrant County Meals on Wheels Advisory Council and as board chair of the Azle Animal Shelter Humane Association, which he founded. Braudis received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri and master’s degree in aviation science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Robbins has owned an insurance business in Lake Worth since 1983. She served on the Saginaw city council for 17 years as council member and mayor pro tem, then as mayor for six years. A former president of the Texas Municipal League, she was named Public Servant of the Year by the Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce. She was also recognized as a Friend of the Chamber by the Northwest Tarrant Chamber of Commerce. Following graduation from North Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in education, Robbins taught in elementary schools in West Texas, San Marcos and Saginaw for 17 years.

A graduate of Azle High School, Standefer is employed as a pharmacist at drug stores in Springtown and Fort Worth. He has received Tarrant County, state and national recognition for his pharmacy work. He also served as director of lay ministry at First United Methodist Church in Azle for seven years. His community service includes acting as Azle Project Coordinator for the Trinity Project for Humanity. Standefer earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.

“Texas Health Azle is really fortunate to be led by a dedicated group of local residents and physicians who serve voluntarily as our Board of Trustees. In addition to their governance responsibilities, our Board helps to identify strategic needs in the community and keep our hospital leadership focused on providing safe and quality care to our patients,” said Bob S. Ellzey, FACHE, president of Texas Health Azle.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has served Azle, Springtown, Lake Worth and greater northwest Tarrant and Parker Counties since 1954. The hospital’s services include cardiology, orthopedics, imaging and rehabilitation. Texas Health Azle is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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