Welcome to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has a rich history in North Texas. As a Level IV Trauma Center, Cycle III Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center, we offer the communities of Arlington, Kennedale, Pantego, Mansfield and Grand Prairie advanced life-saving care close to home. The hospital is also certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, providing specialized care to our tiniest patients.
Parking & Transportation
Free parking is available for all patients and visitors on the Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital campus. For more information on where parking is available, view or print a copy of the campus map.
Valet parking is available at the south entrance on Wright Street, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Patients may receive visitors at any time (specialty units, including Behavioral Health, may have some variation). Please check with the nurse regarding specific unit visiting hours and quiet time guidelines, or if you have any special needs or requests.
Location: First Floor, Main Lobby
Hours: 7 a.m - 2 p.m
Fresh Market Café
Location: First Floor, Between Elevators B & C
Available at all times, the Fresh Market Café offers traditional vending options along with fresh fruit, sandwiches and healthy snacks. Credit and debit cards are accepted.
Monday – Friday
1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Closed on weekends and holidays.
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed on weekends and holidays.
Hospital Gift Shop
The gift shop is located in the main hospital lobby.
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
People of all faiths are welcome to use the Dan Dipert Family Chapel, located on the first floor of the main hospital. If you need a chaplain, please ask the nurse or call 817-960-6100.
Blake Kretz, President
Blake Kretz, FACHE, is president of Texas Health Arlington Memorial.
At Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Kretz led efforts to establish a hyperbaric and wound care center and build the Dan Dipert Family Chapel. Under his leadership, the hospital became a Level IV Trauma Facility and was recertified as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center and a Primary Stroke Center.
Previously, he served as president of Texas Health Cleburne for eight years where he oversaw the expansion of the Emergency Department and the Surgical Services Department.
Before joining Texas Health, Kretz was administrator and chief executive officer of Graham Regional Medical Center in Graham, Texas. He also served as chief operating officer at Graham Regional for one year, and from 1992-1995, held administrative leadership roles at HCA St. Mark's Hospital. He also worked for five years as an orthopedic physician's assistant at Lewisville Orthopedic Associates.
A native Texan, Kretz is a graduate of Harlingen High School and Abilene Christian University, and he holds a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Kretz is a member of the Levitt board and serves on the Executive and Finance Committee of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
In his spare time, he enjoys riding his mountain bike with his son, hanging out at the river, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Lori, have a daughter and son, Nicole and Michael.
Shonna Bracco, Chief Nursing Officer
Shonna Bracco, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, serves as chief nursing officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, beginning that role in September 2019.
Bracco joined the Texas Health Resources team from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple, where she had served as vice president of patient care services since January 2016. In that position, she oversaw more than 800 full-time employees and 11 acute-care nursing units, including four intermediate care units, three medical units and four surgical units. She had worked for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center since 2010 and has more than 23 years of progressive leadership experience.
Bracco is passionate about creating a healthy work environment and the prevention of workplace violence for health care workers.
She began her career in health care at Hillcrest Health System (now Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest) in Waco, where she served as a staff/charge nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit.
She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Texas Tech University, a master's in nursing leadership and health policy from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and a doctorate of nursing practice-nursing executive leadership from Texas Christian University.
Bracco married her high school sweetheart, Lance, who serves as fire chief for the city of Hewitt. They have one son, Lance Jr., a biology major at TCU.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, RV camping on long trips and loves all things Disney. The family pets include a French bulldog.
James H. Sammons Jr., Chief Medical Officer
James H. Sammons Jr., M.D., M.S., FACHE, FACOG, serves as chief medical officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial. He is responsible for promoting clinical excellence and safety in patient care throughout all hospital departments.
Since 2012, Sammons has led many diverse efforts such as preventing hospital-acquired infections and decreasing Medicare spending per beneficiary. Additionally, Texas Health Arlington Memorial became the first hospital in the system to achieve certification by The Joint Commission for Fragility Fractures.
With more than 25 years of physician leadership experience, Sammons formerly served as vice president for medical affairs at two Virginia health care systems: Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg. Having served in the Armed Forces for more than 26 years, Sammons is a retired colonel from the United States Air Force Medical Corps, where he completed clinical and leadership assignments during two wars.
Sammons graduated from Texas A&M University and Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center in Virginia. He also holds a master's degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
He also serves the community as Texas Health’s representative to the Texas Hospital Association’s Council on Policy Development, an Advisory Board member for the Arlington Life Shelter and a member of the Board of Managers for the Texas Health Heart and Vascular Hospital.
Sammons and his wife, Cindy, who is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, have two grown children and four grandchildren.
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