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Lillie Biggins, B.S.N., M.S.N.

Lillie Biggins, B.S.N., M.S.N.

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Lillie Biggins, B.S.N., M.S.N., became president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth in June 2012. 

She brought more than 20 years of health care industry experience to Texas Health Resources when she became the vice president of operations at Texas Health Fort Worth in 1997.

Prior to joining Texas Health Resources, Biggins held a variety of executive and clinical leadership positions at North Texas facilities including Columbia/HCA Plaza Medical Center, John Peter Smith Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Biggins is a graduate of John Peter Smith School of Nursing, holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She is currently on the adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Nurses Association.

She also served as board chair for the American Cancer Society, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Tarrant County Workforce Solutions. She was named distinguished nursing alumnus of the UTA College of Nursing.

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Chief Nursing Officer

Elaine Nelson, R.N., M.S.N.

Elaine Nelson

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Elaine Nelson, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.R.N., N.E.A.-B.C. , serves as the chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Texas Health Fort Worth. Prior to assuming chief nursing officer responsibilities on an interim basis in March 2011, she had served as the hospital's director of restorative services since 2004.

As chief nursing officer, Nelson oversees the strategic, operational, clinical and financial performance of the hospital's nursing services. She brings more than 20 years of nursing leadership to the CNO position.

Prior to joining Texas Health Fort Worth, Nelson worked at Baylor Health Care System in a variety of positions. She began as a staff nurse in the medical surgical intensive care unit at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, became nurse manager of the intensive care unit and later nurse manager of a vascular surgery and cardiac telemetry unit. She also served as the director of nursing and vice president at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie.

A native of Canada, Nelson started her nursing career in Edmonton, Alberta, in medical-surgical and cardiovascular services. Throughout her career she has developed a passion for critical care and assisting patients and their families with extremely stressful situations.

Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Manitoba in Canada and a Master of Science in Nursing from Baylor University. She holds certifications as a critical care registered nurse and board-certified advanced nurse executive.

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Chief Medical Officer

Joseph Prosser, M.D.
Joseph Prosser, M.D.

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., F.A.C.P.E., serves as vice president and chief medical officer for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fort Worth, Cleburne and Specialty Hospital.

At Texas Health Fort Worth, Prosser works with hospital and physician staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. He supervises the Continuous Quality Improvement Department, provides input and support for clinical quality projects, supervises the Outcomes Department, and serves as medical director for Hospital Medicine Associates.

Prosser also works with Texas Health leadership around the system to advance clinical initiatives. Under his leadership, Texas Health Fort Worth has received a quality care financial reward from the Healthcare Quality Incentive Demonstration and has been named a QUEST Top Performing Hospital.

Prior to serving as chief medical officer, Prosser served as the medical director of quality at Texas Health Fort Worth.

He previously served as medical director/assistant administrator at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a member of the Hospital Sisters Health System in Belleville, Ill. Prosser earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Jon's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to graduate with a master's of business administration from Webster University.

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