Harris Methodist Southwest Board Chairman Recognized by State Organization
08/26/2008

FORT WORTH, Texas – Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital board chairman Patsy Thomas was honored by a statewide organization for excellent leadership in health care.

The excellence in governance award, given by the Texas Healthcare Trustees Foundation, honors exemplary service by hospital or health system board members. Recognition is based on community stewardship, leadership, collaboration, vision and dedication to effective governance. The award is part of the foundation’s statewide initiative to encourage and reward best standards of hospital governance.

“We are so grateful to Patsy Thomas for the dedication and leadership she has provided us over the years,” said Brett McClung, the hospital’s president. “She has made a huge impact at our hospital and in our community.”

Thomas, who has served on the hospital board for 12 years, also belongs to the Harris Methodist Health System Board, the Cook Children’s Health System Advisory Board and the Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development Board of Visitors. She is currently the president of the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, an organization aimed at improving the delivery of mental health care in the area.

Her volunteer efforts include a long list of community organizations, including Fort Worth’s Crime Prevention and Control District Board, the Fort Worth Public Library Advisory Committee, the Tarrant County Juvenile Services Advisory Committee, Camp Fire’s Camp El Tesoro de la Vida (a camp for grieving children), the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Board, Guardian Ad-Litem for Child Advocates and the Women’s Policy Forum. She also founded the Fort Worth Academy, a private school for children with learning differences.

“It’s nice to receive recognition for doing things that I believe are important,” Thomas said.

About Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital
Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital (HMSW) has provided quality and compassionate care to the residents of southwest Tarrant County for more than two decades. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMSW is licensed for 230 beds and provides a wide array of comprehensive services, including: surgical and imaging services, 24-hour emergency services, orthopedics and sports therapy, adult critical care and a level 3a neonatal intensive care unit, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiovascular services, cancer care, rehabilitation, and more. HMSW is home to 578 members of the medical staff, 992 employees and 120 volunteers. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmsw.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.