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Board of Trustees

Texas Health’s Board of Trustees voluntarily gives their knowledge, experience, expertise and time to serve our system. Together, board members establish goals, make strategic policies and decisions, and oversee organizational performance and accountability.

Elected every three years, the diverse group includes independent health care, business and community leaders who offer a range of professional competencies. Ex-officio members include:

  • Chair, Physician Leadership Council
  • Bishop, Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church or nominee by the bishop
  • General presbyter, Grace Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church or nominee by the general presbyter
  • Texas Health CEO Chair Emeritus

Periodically, board members:

  • Assess their performance and gauge the quality of board/leader relationships, communications, orientation and education.
  • Review our Board Leadership Plan, which serves as a roadmap for system and hospital board membership continuity, recruitment, growth and development.
  • Oversee Texas Health’s succession planning process for the CEO, executives and senior leaders.
  • Audit and Compliance Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Quality and Performance Committee
  • Strategy Committee
Board Diversity

We created and routinely update a unique competency framework for each board member and committee to recruit board members with diverse competencies. Each year, we review leadership plans and conduct a gap analysis between existing and needed competencies and the representative characteristics of the board and committees.

2021 Highlights
  • Enriched the diversity of our board. We currently have 38% ethnic minority members and 29% female members who serve.


Texas Health’s leaders bring tremendous clinical, business and operational expertise to our organization. They have various perspectives and competencies, possess an unwavering commitment to excellence, embed uncompromising values, aspirations and expectations throughout the system, and consistently evaluate and communicate our performance.

Our executive management team is responsible for operational strategy and performance, leading our transformation into a fully integrated health system and improving financial and organizational sustainability. In addition to these leaders, our:

  • Physician Leadership Council engages physician leaders to provide high-level strategic input and involvement in the system.
  • Physician Policy Council approves systemwide clinical policies, including those covering the continuum of care.
2021 Highlights
  • Honored CEO Barclay Berdan with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award for his “monumental achievement” in leading Texas Health and positively impacting our community during the pandemic.
  • Enhanced diversity with 21.1% ethnic minority and 61.1% female leaders at the director level and above.

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