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New Quality Director Applies Distance Running Principles, Experience to Role at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

ALLEN, Texas — For Richard Lawhead, improving patient care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a lot like long-distance running — it takes a lot of preparation and effort to get in shape yet you’re never done looking ahead to that next goal.

Richard Lawhead, recently named quality director at Texas Health Allen, is a member of the Plano Pacers and the Dallas Running Club
Richard Lawhead, recently named quality director at Texas Health Allen, is a member of the Plano Pacers and the Dallas Running Club.
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Lawhead joined Texas Health Allen as director of quality services and immediately focused on goals such as working with employees to prepare for regulatory surveys and accreditations.

Lawhead has more than 20 years of health care experience, with nearly six in quality management. A Louisiana native, Lawhead was raised in Bossier City, La., on Barksdale Air Force Base. He began his career in the Army as a lab tech and combat medic, and most recently served as the regional director of Quality Resource Management at CHRISTUS Schumpert in Shreveport, La.

“We are thrilled to have Richard on our team working each day to ensure high quality care is delivered to the patients at Texas Health Allen,” said Dr. Robert Schwab, chief medical officer at Texas Health Allen. “He brings a wealth of experience to the role and has made significant improvements at the hospital already.”

Lawhead holds five academic degrees, including a bachelor of arts in psychology from Louisiana Tech University, a bachelor's in cardiopulmonary science from Louisiana State University Health Science Center, an associate of applied science in nursing from Panola College, bachelor of science in nursing from University of Phoenix and a master's in business administration from the University of Arkansas. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in nursing from Western Governors University.

In addition to R.N. and R.R.T. certifications, Lawhead is a certified neonatal-pediatric specialist, pulmonary function technologist, professional in healthcare quality and asthma educator. He is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

"Everyone at Texas Health Allen has been incredibly nice," Lawhead said. "I have also enjoyed working with the patients. In my career, I have always been most influenced by the patients we serve. What we do is very difficult, yet nothing is more rewarding."

Lawhead lives in Plano with his family. They are actively involved in their church. An avid runner, Lawhead is a member of the Plano Pacers and the Dallas Running Club. He has twice won the Louisiana five-mile road race, beating his twin brother in 2008 by 19 seconds for the title.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. 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

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

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