Texas Health Resources Selects Barclay Berdan as Chief Operations Officer|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has selected Barclay E. Berdan, FACHE, as chief operating officer (COO) and senior executive vice president of the health system, effective April 1.
In his new role, Berdan will be responsible for achieving full and seamless integration of all system operations. He will be accountable for administrative leadership of the three geographical zones that the system revealed in a March 7 announcement. He will also be responsible for administrative leadership of service lines and management of joint ventures and partnerships with organizations providing services such as wellness, home health and rehabilitation.
As COO, Berdan will work hand-in-hand with the system’s to-be-named chief clinical officer (CCO). A national search has begun to fill the system chief clinical officer position, which will be open to both internal and external candidates. Both positions will report to Doug Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. The COO and CCO will have joint responsibility for execution of the next phase of the 10-year strategic plan launched in 2007.
“As we move forward with the transformation of Texas Health Resources from a hospital-centric organization to a patient-centered, fully-integrated health system, creating a team of clinical and operations experts working side-by-side in leadership at the system and zone levels will be crucial to the successful integration of operations and clinical care,” Hawthorne said. “Placing physicians in key leadership roles alongside operations leaders brings together a depth of clinical and operational expertise that will help us understand and address all aspects of patient care. This will enable us to connect the dots along the care continuum — from wellness, prevention and primary care to acute care, rehabilitation and end-of-life care.”
Physicians will be selected for the system-level CCO and zone-level chief clinical leader positions, fulfilling Texas Health’s goal of bringing more physicians into leadership roles across the system. The co-leader approach of teaming a physician leader with an experienced operations leader is a key element in bringing about consistent, connected, high quality care delivered in the most appropriate care setting. Operational and clinical leaders at the zone level are expected to be named by June 1.
Berdan, a 30-year veteran of health care leadership, joined Texas Health Resources as vice president and administrator of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest in 1986. He served as chairman of the Texas Hospital Association in 2008-2009.
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