American Hospital Association Names Texas Health’s Hanson Chair-Elect of Key Advisory Group

ARLINGTON, Texas — Stephen C. Hanson, FACHE, senior executive vice president for system growth and integration at Texas Health Resources, has been named chair-elect of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Health Care Systems. In 2013 he will assume the role of chair of the group.

Steve Hanson, Senior Executive Vice President

Stephen Hanson

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The Section for Health Care Systems represents health systems nationwide that provide policy development guidance to the AHA, the major hospital association in the U.S. As chair, Hanson will lead a 24-person governing council of health leaders that advises the AHA in its work to address key legislative and regulatory challenges and support hospitals in improving the health of their communities.

“Hospitals and health systems around the country will benefit from Steve Hanson’s leadership at Texas Health in transforming care delivery for economy, consistency and high quality,” said Doug Hawthorne, FACHE, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. “In an ongoing era of health care reform, Steve’s expertise and insights will help AHA member hospitals better serve their communities’ health care needs.”

Hanson led several key initiatives for Texas Health in 2011. These include the system’s acquisition of Medical Edge Healthcare Group, one of the largest physician organizations in North Texas, to become part of Texas Health Physicians Group. Additionally, the multiyear process to link all 13 Texas Health wholly owned hospitals through the system electronic health record, enabling the hospitals to securely share patient health information, was completed. Texas Health also signed collaborative agreements with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Methodist Health System and other key organizations during the year.

Hanson also oversees Texas Health’s advocacy and community benefits division, which actively advocates at the local state and national levels for policies impacting health care.

An industry veteran with more than 30 years health care leadership experience, Hanson joined Texas Health in 2005 as executive vice president of operations.

He previously served for six years as president and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Lexington, Ky. During his tenure, ARH was listed in the top 50 Integrated Health Networks as ranked by Verispan, and ranked as the No. 1 health system in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Catholic Health Partners in Chicago. He also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Millard Fillmore Health System in Buffalo, N.Y., and as CEO of the system's teaching hospital, Gates Circle Hospital. He previously served in senior leadership positions for community hospitals in Iowa. During the first decade of his career, Hanson held management positions with Indiana University Hospitals, Methodist Hospital of Indiana (Indianapolis) and Northeast Iowa Health Planning Council.

Hanson holds a master of public health degree in health administration from the University of Oklahoma and earned his bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Hanson serves as a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Dallas and is chair of the Texas Association of Voluntary Hospitals.

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