Barclay E. Berdan
Chief Executive Officer
Barclay E. Berdan, FACHE, is chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources, a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider.
Berdan became CEO of Texas Health on Sept. 1, 2014, after serving as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer the previous two years. He is one of the longest serving CEOs of a major health care system in North Texas and is a nationally recognized and respected professional in the industry.
Under his leadership, Texas Health has engaged in collaborative partnerships to address emerging healthcare issues. He has been a champion of change, leading the transformation of Texas Health from a system focused on sick care to a health system focused on consumers and its mission of improving the health of the people in the communities it serves. He has put meeting the needs and preferences of consumers at the core of every aspect of the organization by offering affordable and personalized products and experiences.
With more than 26,000 employees, Texas Health is one of the largest employers in North Texas. Texas Health has created and nurtured a culture built on inclusivity, respect for its consumers, employees and physicians on the medical staffs. Texas Health has been repeatedly recognized through the years as one of the best workplaces in healthcare and the state, including in terms of diversity, women and generational workers.
Most recently, Texas Health ranked 37th on the 2022 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list — the highest ranked health system in the nation and the 8th consecutive year that Texas Health has made the list. Texas Health has also been ranked No. 25 on People magazine’s 2021 Companies that Care list.
Berdan and his wife Marsha have two children and two grandsons.
- Chairman, Texas Hospital Association (2008-2009)
- Chairman, United Way of Tarrant County (2016-2017)
- Chairman, American Heart Association/Tarrant County Chapter (2016-2017)
- Steering Committee Member, Fort Worth Blue Zones ProjectTM (current)
- Executive Committee Member, Healthcare Leadership Council (current)
- Executive Committee & Board Member, Dallas Regional Chamber (2015-2020 and 2022)
- Board Member, Premier, Inc (2016-2021)
- Board Member, Fairview Health Services (current)
Awards and Recognition
- Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration (2013)
- D CEO Excellence in Healthcare Award/Outstanding Healthcare Executive (2015)
- Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” (2016)
- Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award (2021)
Winjie Tang Miao
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Winjie Tang Miao serves as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. In her role, Miao is charged with evolving Texas Health’s core services and developing an integrated, high-performance delivery network that is consumer-focused. She oversees Texas Health’s Hospital Channel, physicians group, ambulatory and virtual care services, along with clinical excellence and network navigation functions.
Prior to assuming the chief operating officer position, Miao served as Texas Health’s chief experience officer, leading the organization’s transformation to elevate the needs and preferences of consumers. With a focus on moving beyond episodic sick care to provide consumers a lifetime of health and well-being services, Miao expanded access to care by opening new channels to deliver care when, where and how patients prefer. She led the organization’s Connected Health strategy and implementation and was integral in developing capabilities around data and insights, virtual patient experiences and CRM competencies.
Miao joined Texas Health in 2000 as an administrative resident at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and served in a progression of leadership roles, including opening Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance as its inaugural president. She joined the system leadership team in 2015 as senior vice president of system integration and innovation and was instrumental in creating Reliable Care Blueprinting™, Texas Health’s approach to care design to deliver a safe, reliable and quality experience in every consumer encounter.
A biomedical engineering graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Miao also earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration, with a concentration in financial management and quality management, from the University of North Carolina.
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer
Laura Irvine serves as senior executive vice president and chief experience officer, focused on fostering Texas Health’s overall consumer experience, developing new products and services, and facilitating a unified strategic road map and priorities.
Irvine oversees system efforts to partner with consumers for a lifetime of health and well-being while also driving growth to sustain the organization for generations to come. Texas Health’s Brand Experience, Product Development, Consumer Strategy and Market Insights, System Transformation, and Enterprise Data and Analytics teams report to Irvine.
A longtime leader in the Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare market, Irvine previously served as executive vice president and chief network strategy officer at Baylor Scott & White Health, where she led enterprise strategy and growth, business development, payor strategy, value based care and the BSW Quality Alliance. She also held the position of chief administrative officer for Medical City Healthcare’s North Texas Division.
Irvine grew her career at Methodist Health System in a variety of roles over two decades, from administrative resident to hospital president and on to executive vice president of integration and alignment.
A native of Waco, Irvine earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University.
Chief People Officer
Carla Dawson is chief people officer for Texas Health Resources. She is a long-term Texas Health veteran with 15 years of experience growing her career with us. She brings a passion for making Texas Health a great place to work. As chief people officer, she is responsible for all Human Resources functions along with advancing our great culture and preparing our workforce for the future. Carla has demonstrated the impact an individual can make at Texas Health while incorporating diversity of thoughts and ideas along the way.
In her previous role as vice president of Total Health and Total Rewards, Carla Dawson led all aspects of benefits, compensation, leaves of absence, and employee health & safety. She also oversaw HR operations for Texas Health Physicians Group. In addition, she has been instrumental in advancing adoption of our Be Healthy program.
Carla has made many contributions during her tenure at Texas Health including designing and managing competitive compensation rewards and benefits. She also has spearheaded our efforts to improve workplace safety, including creating new policies to protect our care team and designing procedures to improve workplace safety. In addition, under her leadership the employee health programs have been standardized across the system, creating an experience that is more uniform regardless of where you work.
Prior to joining Texas Health in 2005, Carla was a consultant at Hewitt Associates for seven years with Texas Health as one of her clients.
Carla earned a bachelor of arts degree in advertising with honors from Texas Tech University. She holds CBP (Certified Benefit Professional) and CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) certifications from WorldAtWork.
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Rick McWhorter is the senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for Texas Health Resources. In this role, he provides accounting, financial, risk and affordable health leadership and support. He also oversees investments and treasury services, insurance services, revenue cycle management, real estate services, IT services, as well as supply chain management.
Since joining Texas Health in 1990, McWhorter has provided financial oversight across the system while serving in numerous leadership roles. Most recently, he was the chief financial operating officer, where he implemented the system’s board-approved financial sustainability policy. He also played a significant role in the development of financial processes for the Joint Operating Company hospitals of Southwestern Health Resources, an integrated network that blends the strengths of UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health. Additionally, McWhorter represents the system as a member of the finance committee for Premier AEIX, a professional liability risk retention group with other health systems across the country.
McWhorter earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas Wesleyan University and is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Texas. He is a certified health care financial professional and fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Outside of Texas Health, McWhorter has chaired the health care education committee for the Texas Society of CPAs, served a three-year term on the United Way of Tarrant County board, and is on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Circle 10 Council. He also recently joined the board and audit committee of his alma mater, Texas Wesleyan University.
David J. Tesmer, M.P.A.
Chief Community and Public Policy Officer
David Tesmer, chief community and public policy officer, has more than 35 years of experience in public policy and community affairs. He is responsible for leading Texas Health’s strategic direction in public policy and advocacy, stakeholder relations, faith and spirituality integration, community health improvement and North Texas Healthy Communities (Blue Zones Project Fort Worth).
He has held multiple industry and community leadership positions at the national, state and local levels including past chair of the North Texas Commission, the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Hospital Association (THA) Political Action Committee (PAC) and the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council’s Community Health Collaborative.
Tesmer currently serves as chair of the Government Affairs Committee of Premier Inc. (Washington D.C), chair of the Texas Association of Voluntary Hospitals and vice chair of the Trauma Center Association of America’s Advocacy Committee, as well as a member of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Policy Committee and Texas 2036 Health Policy Workgroup.
He has been recognized by Premier, AHA and THA for his outstanding advocacy efforts by receiving the Excellence in Advocacy Award, Most Valuable PAC Player and HOSPAC Star Award. In addition, Tesmer was awarded the United Nations Global Leadership Award for Sustainable Development in Good Health and Wellbeing.
During his tenure, Texas Health has been recognized for its work to improve the health status of individuals and communities by receiving the THA Excellence in Community Service Award as well as the AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award for Healthy Communities and the Foster McGaw Prize for Improving Community Health and Wellbeing.
Tesmer serves as a guest lecturer at TCU’s Neeley School of Business and the University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management. He also provides his insight on community engagement as a member of the Academic Community Partnerships Advisory Committee at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University.
Kenneth J. Kramer
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Kenneth J. Kramer is the executive vice president and general counsel for Texas Health Resources. In this role, he is responsible for all legal services of Texas Health and its many provider entities.
Prior to joining Texas Health in 1993, Kramer was senior division legal counsel for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia and held the positions of director of Medical Law and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Air Force. He retired as a judge advocate (Lieutenant Colonel) with the United States Air Force Reserves in 2003.
Kramer was an honor graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received his master's in psychology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He also completed the General Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
He has co-authored “AIDS Issues in the Military,” published in the Air Force Law Review and a two-part article, “Clinical Privileging Actions in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service,” which was published in the June and September 1996 editions of The Reporter, a JAG legal review. In addition, Kramer lectures on many health care topics including mental health and managed care issues.
Sheila Chhutani, M.D., M.B.A.
Chair, Physician Leadership Council
Sheila Chhutani, M.D., M.B.A., is chair of the Physician Leadership Council for Texas Health Resources. In this role, she leads physicians on the medical staffs of Texas Health hospitals through the challenges and opportunities of the health care environment. She is also a representative on the Physician Leadership Policy Council.
The PLC is composed of physicians on the medical staffs of Texas Health hospitals as well as other clinical leaders. The group represents their colleagues at the system level and works together to help shape the future of healthcare delivery in North Texas.
Chhutani is an obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Plano. She also holds a master's in business administration from the University of Texas, Dallas. In addition, she participated in the first cohort for Physicians Lead! when it started at Texas Health.
In January 2020, Chhutani took on her first leadership role, becoming the president of the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas. Soon after, the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
A Chicago native, Chhutani has been married to her husband, Jesse Jackson, for nine years and has two stepchildren. Her 17-year-old stepson attends high school in Frisco and plays football and her 25-year-old stepdaughter lives in North Carolina and is working on a master's in psychology.
Chhutani is also enrolled at Texas A&M University, working on a master's in jurisprudence.
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