Roy E. Gilbreath, M.D., Named Chief Quality Officer at PHD
05/07/2007

DALLAS – Roy E. Gilbreath, M.D., FACP, has been named the new chief quality officer at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (PHD). Dr. Gilbreath comes to PHD from Gwinnett Hospital System in Lawrenceville, Ga., where he has served as vice president and chief medical officer since 1998. As chief quality officer at PHD, he will partner with physicians, administrators, managers and caregivers to provide leadership for quality and patient safety programs.

“Dr. Gilbreath brings vast experience in numerous areas of hospital management, with key leadership roles in quality, safety, performance improvement, patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction,” said Mark H. Merrill, president of PHD. “I'm confident his skills and talents – combined with the talented team of clinicians and administrators here at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas – will enable success in this important endeavor as we carry out our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.”

The Chief Quality Officer position is a newly created position at PHD, which is part of Texas Health Resources, the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care system in North Texas. THR has created the Chief Quality Officer position at many of its facilities to foster physician engagement in clinical initiatives, lead quality and safety programs, and assist with the continued rollout of electronic health records throughout the system.

“Transparency of healthcare performance information in the marketplace places demands on organizations to demonstrate the highest quality and service to patients,” Dr. Gilbreath said. “I am delighted to be working for an organization like Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas that is committed to this goal.”

Dr. Gilbreath has overseen a variety of programs during his tenure at Gwinnett, which recently received national recognition for overall clinical excellence. His work has included spearheading initiatives to improve outcomes for surgical and medical patients, projects that proved effective in improving mortality rates and reducing complications.

Prior to joining Gwinnett, Dr. Gilbreath served as vice president of VHA Florida, a nationwide alliance of 1,500 healthcare organization members with $11 billion in revenues. Previous stops have included stints with Florida Health L.C., Dallas Fort Worth-based Alliance Health Providers and Baylor Healthcare System of Dallas.

“I am very proud to join an institution as prominent and nationally-recognized as Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas,” Dr. Gilbreath said. “There is a long tradition of excellence in medical and nursing care at Presbyterian, and I am looking forward to working with the many dedicated physicians, nurses and other health care providers to build on that outstanding tradition.”

Dr. Gilbreath earned his medical degree from the University of Miami in 1979 and completed his MBA at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1993. He completed his internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and served as a major in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1985. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Gilbreath has also published a book (2000, Jossey-Bass, a division of John Wiley & Sons), co-authored with Jill Schilp, entitled Health Data Quest: How to Find and Use Data for Performance Improvement.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Established in 1966, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas is the flagship hospital of Presbyterian Healthcare System, a member of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. PHD is a recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to patients. The 866-bed facility has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information about PHD, visit www.texashealth.org/phd.

About TexasHealth 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 controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.