Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Names New Officers
04/02/2010

ALLEN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen has elected six new officers — three to its board of trustees and three to its medical executive committee.

Elected as officers of its board of trustees were: Wade Johnson, owner of an Allstate Insurance agency in McKinney, as chairman; Dr. Yuri Cook, a pediatrician on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen, as vice chairman; and John W. Wroten Jr., a retired EDS executive, as secretary.

Newly elected as officers of the medical executive committee were physicians: Dr. Kimberly Barksdale as president, Dr. Benjamin J. Williams as secretary and Dr. Todd Pollock, immediate past president.

Johnson established an Allstate Insurance agency in McKinney 17 years ago. Since then, Johnson has become an active community leader, serving as current member and past president of McKinney Independent School board of trustees, board member of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation, past chairman and current member of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, board member of the McKinney Alliance, a long-time mentor with Partners in Education, a member of Texas Sports Reach Prison Ministry, and an active member of One Church in Allen.

A native of Midland, Texas, Johnson graduated from Southern Methodist University, where he played football, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He has served on Texas Health Allen’s board for four years.

“I’m truly honored to serve on the board of Texas Health Allen, as I’m totally committed to the hospital’s mission to improve the health care of the community we serve,” Johnson said. “The fact that the hospital is a faith-based organization also gives me great pride.”

Cook is a partner in RainTree Pediatrics and has been on the medical staff of Texas Health Allen since 2000. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1995 and his bachelor’s degree from Drew University in 1990.

Wroten retired from EDS as a corporate vice president in 2005, after being with the company for 36 years. He led the company’s administration business support group, overseeing EDS’ global real estate portfolio, corporate security, employee services and aviation areas. A vital community leader, Wroten serves as chairman of the Military Academy selection board for Congressman Sam Johnson, as chairman of the McKinney Airport Development Corp., and is on the board of directors of Hendrick Scholarship Foundation, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and Texas Stampede. He also serves as a Blue and Gold Information Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy.

Barksdale is a pediatrician and partner in Allen Pediatrics, having moved to Allen from Sherman, Texas, in 2002. Barksdale has served in various physician roles in hospitals and practices in Sherman, New Mexico and Michigan. Barksdale earned her medical degree from Michigan State University and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida Southern College.

Williams earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School, after having earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Austin College in Sherman. He currently is chairman of the pathology department at Texas Health Allen, as well as is a partner in the private practice of MD Pathology.

Past president of the medical executive committee is Dr. Todd Pollock, a plastic surgeon in the private practice of North Dallas Plastic Surgery Associates. Pollock earned his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, after completing bachelor’s degrees at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Austin.

“We are very proud and excited to welcome this influential group of business leaders and physicians to our hospital’s leadership team,” said Sheila McKinney, Texas Health Allen president. “They have made significant contributions to our community, as well as to numerous professional organizations, and I look forward to continuing to work with them at our hospital, as we move forward with new growth opportunities for the future.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 62-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 425 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.