Texas Health Resources CEO Doug Hawthorne, who announced plans to retire in 2014, reflected on his 43-year career and shared thoughts on the future of health care in a Feb. 13 column on D Healthcare Daily:
"For 43 years, my family and I have been blessed to serve Texas Health Resources. This has been an amazing journey and one for which I am extremely grateful. After much prayer and discernment—and with the blessing of the Board of Trustees—Martha and I have decided that it is time for us to spend more time with our children and grandchildren. We will also devote more time to serving the community in areas that are close to our hearts. I have provided the Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees with notice of my intent to step down as CEO at the end of 2014. I will be working closely with the Board as they identify and name a successor.
"I am stepping down as CEO but I am not stepping out of the fight to improve the health of the people of North Texas. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity I have had to lead and serve with the people of Texas Health Resources and our community stakeholders. Together, we have overcome many challenges in our quest to fulfill our mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve. I am as proud as anyone could be of the progress Texas Health has made in transforming the delivery of healthcare and becoming the healthcare system of choice in North Texas."