Stephen Hanson Named Executive VP
05/04/2005

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources (THR), the largest health care system in North Texas, announced today that Stephen C. Hanson, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of health care leadership experience, will join THR as executive vice president of operations.

Hanson’s portfolio of responsibility at THR will include managed care, supply chain management, information services and oversight of Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, Harris Methodist HEB Hospital, Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro and Presbyterian Village North.  He will report to Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources.

In announcing the appointment, Hawthorne said, “Recruiting Steve Hanson for this executive vice president position is part of THR’s leadership realignment strategy to meet the demands of our growing communities.

“As a faith-based, nonprofit health care system, Texas Health Resources has a mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” Hawthorne said.  “Steve Hanson has been helping hospitals do that for three decades, and his wealth of experience leading nonprofit and teaching hospitals will be a great asset to our system as we increase access to services to meet the needs of the rapidly growing North Texas population.

"Quality and patient safety are among his many areas of strength.  His understanding of national health care policy issues will strengthen THR’s efforts in advocating for development of a national health care policy.”

Hanson will assume his duties at THR by the end of June.

“This is a time of great challenge for nonprofit health care systems,” Hanson said. “I’m proud of the teams I’ve worked with over the years to build health systems, and I’m excited about the opportunity to make significant contributions to health care in one of the largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas of the country.  Both Texas Health Resources and Doug Hawthorne have excellent reputations nationally, and I look forward to becoming part of the THR team.”

Since 1999, Hanson has served as president and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Lexington, Ky., a multi-hospital system with more than 1,100 beds in Kentucky and West Virginia.  During his tenure, ARH has been 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 was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Catholic Health Partners in Chicago.  He also served as EVP and COO of Millard Fillmore Health System in Buffalo, N.Y., and as CEO of the system’s teaching hospital, Gates Circle Hospital.

Hanson served in senior leadership positions for community hospitals with Finley Tri-States Health Group and Schoitz Health Resources in Iowa.  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, American College of Healthcare Executives.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.  The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System.  For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.