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Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, is the chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. At the helm of Texas Health, Hawthorne oversees the health system with 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. The health system 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. Texas Health also has relationships with helicopter air ambulances and other health-related ventures.
Hawthorne was born in Orange, N.J., in 1947, and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree and his Master's degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He served Presbyterian Healthcare Resources in many roles since his graduation in 1971.
Guided by the mission of improving the health of the people in the communities served by Texas Health, Hawthorne has successfully implemented a unique vision and conquered several challenges within the system and his industry. Perhaps the largest of these is overseeing the joining of several highly successful health-care brands — Presbyterian Healthcare Resources, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Arlington Memorial Hospital — a move that helped create Texas Health Resources in 1997. Texas Health has been reaping the benefits of his strategy and vision ever since and has enjoyed a successful integration of the organizations into one health system that serves one in every four people in North Texas.
Under Hawthorne's leadership, Texas Health and its member organizations have received numerous awards. Four hospitals within Texas Health have been named among the Top 100 Hospitals in America nationally, regionally or for clinical excellence. The Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission and Dallas Together Forum have honored Texas Health for its commitment to diversity. In 1995 and 1998, the American Hospital Association presented Texas Health with its coveted NOVA Award for outstanding community service.
In addition to helping lead the formation of Texas Health, Hawthorne's other notable career achievements include six mentions in seven years (2003-2009) in Modern Healthcare magazine's list of 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care, receiving the Modern Healthcare CEO IT award in 2008, receiving the Diversity Ambassador of the Year Award from the American Red Cross Chisholm Trail Chapter, receiving the Texas Hospital Association Trustee Award in 2004, receiving the American College of Healthcare Executives 2002 Gold Medal Award, serving as chairman of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Hospital Association, the Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Hospital Administration in 1994 from the Texas Hospital Association and receiving the Boone Powell Sr. Award of Excellence for distinguished hospital administration by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council in 1996.
Hawthorne is currently serving as the chair of the Health Leadership Council Executive Task Force on the Uninsured as well as a member of the American Hospital Association's President's Forum. He is a past chairman of the board of Premier, an alliance of not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems. He also served as chairman of North Texas LEAD (Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity) Initiative and currently serves on the board of LHP Hospital Group, Inc. He was formerly on the board and executive committee of the American Hospital Association. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Hawthorne is a leader and contributor. In 2011, he was named an NTC Regional Superhero, one of the top 40 North Texas Superheroes recognized by the North Texas Commission. In 2007, he received the Greer Garson-E.E. Fogelson Humanitarian Award for helping people and furthering awareness of Parkinson's disease. In 2010, he was selected as chairman on the board directors of the Dallas County Community College District Foundation. Hawthorne also chairs the DCCCD Foundation's Campaign for Excellence Health Professions Initiative Committee, comprising local CEO and leaders in the local health care industry. He served as an adjunct faculty member of the department of Health Care Administration at Trinity University since 2002 as well as a regular adjunct faculty member in the department of Health Services Administration for The University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2007-2010.
He is past president of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been recognized by that group by receiving the Silver Beaver award for distinguished service to a local council. In 2009, he joined the Life Member category for Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also received the distinguished Eagle Scout Award. The Longhorn Council awarded him the Distinguished Citizen Award. Hawthorne serves on the Trinity University Board of Trustees, is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and is Ruling Elder of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church.