HMWR President Blake Kretz Earns Fellow Status in ACHE

CLEBURNE, Texas -Blake Kretz, FACHE, president of Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital (HMWR), recently advanced to Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives.

"We are proud of Blake for reaching this milestone in his career," said Barclay Berdan, senior executive vice president of system alignment and performance for Texas Health Resources, HMWR's parent organization. "By earning his Fellow status, he demonstrates his commitment to his profession and his community."

Blake Kretz, FACHE, is president of Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital

Blake Kretz 

To obtain Fellow status, candidates must demonstrate their education, experience and leadership in the health care field for several years. They must also complete case studies or a thesis on a health care management topic or participate in a year-long mentorship project.

Fellow status is the highest level of professional achievement in ACHE. In fact, only 7,500 health care executives hold this distinction.

"Because health care management ultimately affects the people in our communities, it is critically important to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization," said Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. "By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, health care leaders can show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community."

Kretz joined Texas Health Resources in 2007 as president of HMWR. He was previously with Graham Regional Medical Center in Graham, Texas, where he served as administrator and CEO. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer at Graham Regional for a year and held administrative leadership roles at HCA St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City from 1992-95.

Kretz also has hands-on experience in the medical profession as an orthopedic physician's assistant at Lewisville Orthopedic Associates in the Metroplex from 1985-90.

Kretz is a native Texan and a graduate of Harlingen High School and Abilene Christian University.  He has a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital is affiliated with Texas Health Resources and is a full-service, 137-bed acute care hospital with more than 50 physicians on the medical staff. Honors bestowed on Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital include:

  • Received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award from TMF in 2005 and 2006 
  • Received the highest level of accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for 2004-2007 
  • 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award
  • 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Heart Failure

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 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

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Reace Alvarenga Smith