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Bob Ellzey, FACHE
Bob Ellzey, FACHE

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Bob Ellzey, FACHE, serves as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle. He succeeded the facility's former leader, Winjie Tang Miao, who moved to a new post as the first president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance.

Ellzey joined Texas Health Azle in September 2011 from Mena Regional Health System, a 65-bed comprehensive municipal health system that serves a large area of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, where he served as chief executive officer. Before that he was with Laird Memorial Hospital, a 60-bed hospital operated by Community Hospital Corporation in Kilgore, Texas.

While in Arkansas, Ellzey worked to recruit physicians and improve the hospital's quality scores and his health system's ranking among Arkansas hospitals. Among many other accomplishments, he established a hospitalist program, initiated a wound care program, acquired an outpatient rehabilitation center, gained Level IV Trauma Center designation and established an active chaplaincy program.

Ellzey is actively involved with several professional organizations, including having served as vice president of the Arkansas Health Education Forum (ACHE Chapter), a member of the Arkansas Oklahoma Healthcare Consortium Board of Directors, and past president of the Board of Directors of the East Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ellzey received an master's degree in hospital administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, where he was a member of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce.

Ellzey and his wife, Susan, have been married for three decades and have two grown sons.

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Chief Nursing Officer

Valarie Gilbert
Valarie Gilbert

Valarie Gilbert, R.N., is the chief nurse officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle. In this role, Gilbert is responsible for the strategic, operational and financial performance of all clinical departments at the hospital. Gilbert has been with the hospital since 1999. Under her leadership, the hospital was designated a Level IV trauma center, and the hospital received the Pathway to ExcellenceTM hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for creating a working environment where nurses can flourish. Also under her leadership, Texas Health Azle received the Texas Medical Foundation Health Care Quality Improvement Award.

Gilbert has been a part of the Texas Health Resources' family since 1978 when she joined Harris Hospital (known today as Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth) as a registered nurse. She achieved numerous career advancements at the hospital and went on to serve in a variety of roles at entities throughout Texas Health. Gilbert earned a bachelor's of science in nursing from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas.

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Chief Medical Officer


Judy Laviolette, M.D.
Judy Laviolette, M.D.

Judy Laviolette, M.D., serves as the chief medical officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, positions she's held since Dec. 30, 2013.

Laviolette, a physician executive with clinical experience in private, government and academic sectors since the late 1980s, joined Texas Health Resources from Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport, La, where she served as internal medicine/hospitalist section chief, and assistant professor of clinical medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
Laviolette’s diverse experience includes time in internal medicine private practice and management of a physician multispecialty group practice. Previous duties as regional chief medical officer for Christus Schumpert Health System in Shreveport, La., included oversight of all medical practices and clinical quality, direct responsibility for the operational function of the medical staff office and CME program, credentialing and privileges, quality resource management, case management and physician management of adult and pediatric hospitalist programs, adult and pediatric critical care programs, and pediatric subspecialty physician practices. She also led Christus Schumpert efforts to achieve 95th percentile or greater in all CMS core quality measures, including platinum and silver awards from Louisiana Healthcare Quality Review.
Notably, Laviolette coordinated medical efforts for Northwest Louisiana in response to the hurricane Katrina disaster and evacuation of New Orleans-area hospitals.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in zoology from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., and a medical doctorate from Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, La. She also completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at LSU Medical School. Laviolette is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has served as a mentor for LSU medical students, interns and residents.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling and cooking, wine-tasting, dining out with friends and boating.

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