TO: Texas Health Resources Employees and Volunteers
FROM: Doug Hawthorne, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer
This is truly an exciting time in the history of Texas Health Resources. We have made significant strides in the last two months in our journey to transform the delivery of health care in North Texas. We are taking steps to round out our continuum of care capabilities and evolve into a fully-integrated system of health that excels in physician-directed population health management.
In March, we announced a new leadership model utilizing a "dyad" approach in which operations and clinical leaders will work to redesign and improve care. We introduced three geographic zones that will bring decisions closer to where care is delivered and help us coordinate care along the continuum for the people in the communities we serve. We named a chief operations officer of Texas Health Resources, and we began a national search for a chief clinical officer.
In April, we shared news of the first of several key partnerships and alliances we will form to collaborate on this journey.
Today marks another stride in our journey as I am pleased to announce the selection of several leaders across Texas Health, including the six zone leaders. These leaders will begin transitioning to their new roles effective June 1, and continue that transition as the year progresses. We intend for the transition to be complete and fully operational by January 1, 2013.
Amparan, Lester named executive vice presidents to lead Southeast zone
Oscar L. Amparan, FACHE, and Mark Lester, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACS, will lead the Southeast zone as operations and clinical leaders. Oscar brings more than 30 years of health care leadership to his new post, having been with Texas Health for 18 years, and currently serving as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. Mark joined Texas Health Resources in 2009 as vice president and chief quality officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. For the last year, he has served as interim chief clinical and quality officer for the Texas Health system, working with leadership around the system to advance clinical and quality initiatives.
Canose, Berenzweig named executive vice presidents to lead Southwest zone
Jeffrey L. Canose, M.D., M.H.A., FACHE, and Harold Berenzweig, M.D., will serve as operations and clinical leaders of the Southwest zone. Currently serving as president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Jeff brings 10 years experience as a practicing anesthesiologist to his new role, in addition to his depth of health care operations experience. Harold began his position as vice president of medical and information management at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth in 2006 and began work part time at the hospital in 1995 as medical director of continuous quality improvement and vice president of medical specialties.
Hanson, Ransom named executive vice presidents to lead North zone
Stephen C. Hanson, M.P.H., FACHE, and Elizabeth "Liz" Ransom, M.D., FACS, will serve as operations and clinical leaders of the North zone. With more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, Steve joined Texas Health as executive vice president of operations in 2005 and currently serves as senior executive vice president of system growth and integration. Steve has significantly contributed to the growth and integration of Texas Health Resources, and we look forward to his continuing contribution. Liz, currently the chief quality officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, joined Texas Health in 2007. She has led quality improvement and outcomes activities and overseen medical staff affairs, pharmacy, patient safety, utilization and risk management, environment of care, case management, and laboratory at Texas Health Southwest.
I look forward to the fresh perspectives that these leaders will bring to their respective zones, and we hope those within the zones will welcome them and help them acclimate to their new facilities and new geographies.
Mims named senior vice president, care continuum and collaborations
Senior Vice President,
Care Continuum and
In addition to the zone leaders, I am pleased to announce that Krystal Mims, currently the president of Texas Health Partners, will become senior vice president of care continuum and collaborations for Texas Health, reporting to Barclay Berdan, senior executive vice president and COO. Krystal joined Texas Health Partners in 2004 and has overseen the development of each of our newly constructed joint ventures. In this new role, Krystal will continue to oversee the operations of Texas Health Partners, but will expand her oversight to the management of relationships outside of Texas Health Resources with our care continuum partners.
Biggins, Evans named hospital presidents
I am also very pleased to announce that the two hospital president positions vacated by Oscar and Jeff will be filled with experienced leaders from among the Texas Health ranks, both of whom started their careers in nursing:
Lillie Biggins, B.S.N., M.S.N., will be promoted to hospital president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth from her current role as senior vice president of operations. Lillie, a health care veteran and currently the senior vice president of operations at Texas Health Fort Worth, has contributed much to the success of Texas Health Fort Worth since she joined the organization in 1997. She also volunteers at a number of community and charitable organizations across North Texas.
Mike Evans, B.S.N., M.S.N., will be promoted to hospital president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano from his current role as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Mike, an Army veteran, began his career at Texas Health Resources in 1982 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
Searches will be conducted to replace Liz and Mark at their respective current hospitals, and each chief quality officer position across the system will evolve to become a chief medical officer (CMO) position. CMOs will report to their respective EVPs and zone clinical leaders and be responsible for multiple areas including quality, patient safety, medical staff/ physician affairs, case management, physician recruitment and contracting, clinical programs, clinical protocol development, and employed hospital physicians. In the next few weeks, we will share more information on how the roles of president, chief nursing officer, and chief medical officer will work together collaboratively to lead the delivery of care within our acute hospital settings.
In addition to the searches for CMOs at Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth and Texas Health Dallas, we will post and conduct external local and national searches for the senior vice president of strategic performance improvement and innovation and the senior vice president of quality and population health.
With these announcements, we have eliminated two additional executive positions that will not be filled:
- President, Texas Health Partners (formerly held by Krystal Mims)
- Vice President, Medical Information Management at Texas Health Fort Worth (formerly held by Harold Berenzweig, M.D.)
And, as previously announced, the following positions were also eliminated and will not be filled:
- Sr. Executive Vice President, System Alignment & Performance (formerly held by Barclay Berdan)
- Sr. Executive Vice President, Growth & Integration (formerly held by Steve Hanson)
- Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Quality Officer (formerly held by Mike Deegan, M.D.)
Please join me in congratulating and supporting these familiar faces in their new, exciting roles. Expect additional announcements between now and mid-summer as our executive team continues to advance the transformation of our organization.