HMEC Names New President

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – After an extensive national search and review of many qualified candidates, Deborah Paganelli, CHE, has been named the new president of Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital (HMEC).

Paganelli’s appointment at HMEC will begin April 5. She will succeed Ron Dorris, who is retiring.

Paganelli brings 24 years of non-profit and for-profit health care operations and management experience to HMEC, most recently serving as the chief operating officer of Alice Regional Hospital in Alice, Texas, near Houston.

"Paganelli is a seasoned executive who has held leadership positions in Texas hospitals located in Corpus Christi, Fort Worth and San Antonio," said Oscar Amparan, senior vice president of regional operations for Texas Health Resources. "The particular strengths in her background include operational and fiscal responsibility, physician relations and recruiting, the development of specialty clinics and strategic planning," Amparan continued.

Paganelli holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

About Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital is a 98-bed community hospital that provides health care for residents in Erath and the surrounding counties. As one of 13 hospitals in the Texas Health Resources system, Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital offers the compassion, respect, and commitment nurtured by one of the largest faith-based non-profit hospital systems in the United States.