Jim Berg, interim hospital president and chief operating officer, has been at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas since November 2007.
Charged with primary oversight of day-to-day activities, Berg has responsibility for the annual operating plan, is lead on all four Texas Health Dallas-based joint ventures and has served as the hospital’s executive champion for service excellence. He is a board member of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, American Hospital Association (AHA) Solutions, Inc., and the AHA Board of Directors Operations Committees and Investments.
Prior to joining Texas Health Dallas, he was president and CEO of the Methodist Hospitals system in the Chicago metro area and served as executive vice president and COO of Genesis Health System and president and CEO of Mercy Hospital in Iowa. He also has held senior leadership positions in Kansas, Utah and St. Louis.
Berg began his health care career in the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Hill Air Force Base, near Salt Lake City. He served more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (Medical Service Corps) and holds the military rank of lieutenant colonel (retired). He has received numerous military awards and decorations, including the USAF Reserve's "Most Outstanding Hospital Administrator" in 1981.
He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a master's degree in hospital and healthcare administration from Saint Louis University, where he also received a bachelor’s in management sciences, magna cum laude.
An avid sports fan since his youth, he closely follows the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals and often attends college and professional sports events. He has been a competitive racquetball player and a wrestling and soccer coach. Berg and his wife, Lenore, a retired special education administrator and current Texas Health Plano volunteer, live in Plano. They have been married 44 years and have four grown children and three granddaughters.
Chief Nursing Officer
Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, is chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Over a 20-year career, he has been a direct-care nurse, supervisor, manager, director, associate chief nursing officer and chief nursing officer, before assuming his current position at Texas Health Dallas.
A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Nursing Executive Advanced-Board Certified by ANCC, Edmonson has led two organizations to Magnet Re-designation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has published numerous articles on topics such as diverse as succession planning, moral courage, nurse bullying and balancing the interest of hospitals and academic researchers. Past recognitions include being named a Great 100 nurse, receiving the Texas Nurses Association District 4 Nurse of the Year, Nursing Management Magazine’s Visionary Leader Award, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives Excellence in Leadership Award and Nurses Week Nursing Excellence Award for Advancing/Leading the Profession.
Named a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, Edmonson joins a select group of nurse leaders chosen to participate in the three-year leadership development program, which aims to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the nation’s health care system. Edmonson is also currently co-investigator on a study on genomics in nursing practice at Texas Health Dallas.
Edmonson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Oklahoma University College of Nursing and earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Texas Christian University in 2011.
Edmonson serves as vice president of the DFW Great 100 Nurses Inc., president-elect for the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and the president of the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, and a member of the American Organization of Nursing Executives. An adjunct faculty instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and Texas Woman’s University, Edmonson is also an Executive MSN Advisory Board Member at UTA and an Advisory Member for the Collin County Nursing Program.
Chief Medical Officer
Aurora Estevez, M.D., M.B.A., FACOG, was named chief medical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in July 2013. She is responsible for advancing clinical excellence and physician leadership and integration, working with a medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians. Estevez oversees quality and performance improvement, outcomes management, utilization review, risk management, infection prevention, physician relations, graduate medical education and medical staff affairs.
Prior to joining Texas Health, Estevez served as chief medical officer at NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Fla., where she contributed to many system-wide accomplishments including a three star STS ranking in cardiac surgery, implementation of the electronic medical record, and affiliation with the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Estevez also previously served as medical affairs officer at two Tenet hospitals in South Florida and was in private practice in Boca Raton, Fla., for 15 years.
Estevez is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, obtained her medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed her residency at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. Estevez earned a master's in business administration from Yale University in 2008 and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.