DFWHC is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees comprised of hospital Chief Executive Officers or Chief Operating Officers. Voting members hold annual elections to fill vacant positions. A newly elected member serves a three-year term. The Board is authorized, via bylaws, the discretion of selecting two additional ex-officio, non-voting members to serve for a one-year term to provide specific expertise.
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.
David Berry serves as President, System Clinical & Scientific Operations at Children’s Health. He began his role in 2016. Prior to joining Children’s Health, David served as the senior vice president and COO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). He has spent the last 35 years of his career as an executive at two respected children’s hospitals, ACH and University of Wisconsin/American Family Children’s Hospital. David received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Pharmacy degrees from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is active in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Hospital Association, Ronald McDonald House of Central Arkansas and the Board of the Arkansas Hospital Association.
John Phillips, FACHE, was named president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center in 2018. He had previously served as President of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center since 2011. He is also a former regional COO of CHRISTUS, St. Michael Health System in Texarkana. Prior to St. Michael, Phillips served as COO for Davis Regional Medical Center in North Carolina and administrator of Eastland Memorial Hospital in Eastland, Texas. Phillips earned a master of business administration degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a master of health care administration degree from Trinity University. Phillips has served with the Texas Hospital Association, the American Heart Association and as adjunct faculty at Texas A&M University’s Texas College of Business.
Jessica O’Neal was named chief executive officer of Medical City Children’s Hospital and Medical City Women’s Hospital Dallas, in December 2018. From 2016-2018, O’Neal served as chief operating officer of the 515-bed West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. Under O’Neal’s leadership, pediatric specialty care network services and providers were integrated into the hospital’s delivery system and she launched a wide spectrum of pediatric services. She previously served as VP of operations and chief operating officer of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. O’Neal holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics from Texas Christian University. She was also honored with the DFW Hospital Council’s Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award in 2013.
Sharn Barbarin previously served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Medical City Arlington from 2011 until her appointment as CEO at Lewisville in July 2015. Under her leadership, Medical City Arlington expanded services and achieved outstanding patient and physician satisfaction scores. She began her career with HCA as an administrative fellow at Medical City Las Colinas and was quickly promoted to COO at the Medical City McKinney where she served nine years before her promotion to COO at Medical City Arlington. Sharn is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Tulane University. She has been named an Outstanding Alumni by Tulane University’s School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, honored as a Top 25 Women in Business by McKinney Living, and as a Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Nominee by the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council.
Karen Duncan, MD is a board-certified pediatrician with medical and executive leadership experience. Dr. Duncan has extensive experience working in large public health academic centers and has held executive leadership positions at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital and Chicago’s Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Dr. Duncan came to JPS Health Network from Health Management Associates, a healthcare consulting firm where as Principal, she consulted for large publicly funded hospitals systems, government entities and managed care plans. Dr. Duncan received an MD from Emory University School of Medicine.
Becky Tucker serves as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, promoted into that role in August 2018 after a stint as vice president of the system’s Neighborhood Care & Wellness campuses in Burleson, Prosper and Willow Park. She joined Texas Health Resources in 2004 as an administrative assistant in Plano while earning her degrees in kinesiology from the University of Texas and master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from Texas Woman’s University. Tucker was also honored with the DFW Hospital Council’s Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award in 2014.
Michael Sanborn serves as President of Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth. He is responsible for the leadership and management of the 538-bed acute care hospital with more than 2,400 employees and 1,000 medical staff members. Sanborn previously served as the president of Baylor Scott & White – Carrollton where he was responsible for the hospital, three satellite medical offices and a freestanding diagnostic center. Sanborn holds a B.S. and M.S. in Pharmacy and Administration respectively from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
At Kindred Healthcare, Audra Early has leveraged her clinical and executive-level experience for over 18 years to transform the company’s care delivery model and build high-performing teams. Audra is currently Senior Vice President of Strategy & Network Development, having responsibility for Kindred’s strategic growth platform as it relates to Managed Care, Physicians & Network Development. Audra has held various leadership roles within hospital operations, including hospital CEO, Market CEO, District VP, Regional VP and Senior VP. Prior to her current role, she served two years as the Senior Vice President of Kindred’s West Region operations in California, which comprises 23 hospitals in five states, having leadership responsibility for 3000 employees.
With more than 24 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dr. Roberto de la Cruz served as Chief Hospitalist before being named Chief Medical Officer in 2016. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He served as Associate Medical Director of Parkland’s East Dallas Health Center from 1998-2000. Dr. de la Cruz is a 15-year veteran of Hospitalist Medicine and was Associate Medical Director of the Texas Primary Care Hospitalist Service at Baylor University Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at UT Southwestern and Parkland. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has experience in Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine.
Seth Toomay, MD, became Associate Vice President and Health System Chief Medical Officer of UT Southwestern in August 2019. He is a Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and is a member of its Vascular and Interventional Radiology Division. He provides clinical vascular and interventional radiology services at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Clements University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital. Dr. Toomay received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He then earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern, where he remained to complete his radiology residency and fellowship training in interventional radiology.
Christopher York joined Baylor Scott & White Health in 2007 as Vice President of Surgical Services for Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was then promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine followed by service as President at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie. He returned to Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine as President in 2018. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the board of various community organizations. During the first 15 years of Chris’ career, he was bi-vocational and served as a part-time youth minister.
Richard Carter joined Hunt Regional Healthcare in 1996 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Hunt Regional, Richard had a 15-year career with Quorum Health Resources with stints at Fredonia Regional Hospital and Kingman Community Hospital in Kansas. He also worked at Angel Community Hospital in North Carolina. Since joining Hunt Regional, Richard has guided the organization through six major building projects including the construction of the Professional Building, expanded surgery center, expanded emergency department and the addition of the West Wing. Additional expansions have included free-standing emergency departments in Greenville and Commerce. Richard is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s in Health Care Administration and a master’s in Finance and Administration.
Hired as Chief of Staff to the President/CEO in 2016, Wilkins arrived at Cook Children’s from North Texas Specialty Physicians where she served as administrative director of clinical programs. She first joined the independent physician association in 2011 as director of accountable care operations before being tapped to lead the funding, testing and operating of health innovations focused on advanced illness strategies. She previously served as director of system leadership and hospital operations at Baylor Scott & White in Dallas from 2009 to 2011. Wilkins holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Baylor University and a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University.
Christopher McLarty has served as associate vice president and chief nursing officer, ambulatory services at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2019. He played a lead role during the pandemic at his hospital’s command center and represented ambulatory operations while providing advice on the proper COVID-19 response. His diverse experience as a nurse and executive have been crucial over the past two years. During his career, Dr. McLarty has taken on roles in emergency services, multi-site clinical operations, and health system leadership. He currently serves as co-chair for the Advancing Practice Committee of Texas Team, is on both the Acute Care Advisory Board and the Practice Committee for Texas Nurse Practitioners, and is on the Membership Committee for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.