Dr. Jeffrey Canose, 1957 - 2020
January 20, 2020
Beloved servant leader mourned by system family, North Texas community and beyond

ARLINGTON, Texas — A message from Barclay Berdan, CEO:

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write to you today. Our friend and colleague Jeffrey Canose, M.D., passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020, after a valiant and courageous fight with T-cell lymphoma. Jeff was a beloved member of our Texas Health family, the North Texas community and beyond.

Jeffrey Canose, M.D.

Jeffrey Canose, M.D.

Jeff was, first and foremost, guided by his deep and abiding faith. He was a servant leader in its truest sense. This foundation, coupled with Jeff’s unwavering conviction in our Mission, fueled his relentless drive for “every, every, every” (focusing every day, on every person, in every care venue to deliver safe, reliable care).

Jeff’s contributions will leave a lasting impact on Texas Health and the North Texas community. Jeff joined Texas Health Resources in 2006 as chief operating officer of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He quickly took on larger leadership roles including president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano before moving to Texas Health System Services, where he served as executive vice president and Southwest Zone leader, and his most recent role as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. Jeff’s deep clinical and operational knowledge coupled with keen business instincts helped lead the organization to much success. From the launch and growth of successful service lines, to spearheading the development of many strategic partnerships, to leading the creation of a systemwide graduate medical education (GME) program, Jeff shaped many parts of Texas Health.

While strategically astute and business savvy, Jeff was grounded in the belief that we are entrusted to guide a sacred, heroic and healing ministry — and that to be successful in our efforts, we must do it together. He developed relationships within and outside of Texas Health and was a respected industry leader. He spent countless hours mentoring and counseling young professionals — many of whom have developed into successful leaders. He was a trusted confidante to me and many others.

Jeff served in many capacities outside of Texas Health as well. He was elected chairman of the Texas Hospital Association in 2017 and received numerous community accolades, including Business Executive of the Year from the Plano Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

Jeff received a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College and went on to medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed an internship in general surgery at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Connecticut, followed by a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. His subspecialty fellowship training in cardiac anesthesiology and research in cardiovascular physiology were at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh. He has the distinction of being the first physician to be named a hospital president at Texas Health.

I will miss Jeff deeply, and will always be grateful for his friendship, counsel and commitment to this organization. We will honor Jeff with a memorial service and will share details as they become available. Jeff’s family has asked that we respect their privacy during this time, but please join me in sending prayers for his wife, Kathy, and their son, David. I will close with Jeff’s own words, which seem appropriate now:

“Even when the uncertainty, the ambiguity and the volatility seem to be overwhelming us, individually and collectively, we must always remember that ‘God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love him, for those who are called according to his purpose.’”

May each of us find and give peace and grace during this time.

About Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 27 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,000 licensed hospital beds, 6,200 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 23,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

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