DFWHC announces 2018 Board of Trustees


IRVING, TX – The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) has announced its Board of Trustees for 2018. The Board of Trustees consists of the following individuals:

• Chair Scott Peek, COO, Baylor University Medical Center
• Chair-Elect Charles Gressle, CEO, Medical City Plano
• Trustee David Berry, President, Children’s Health System
• Trustee, Jeffrey Cellucci, District COO, Kindred Hospitals
• Trustee Nancy Cychol, President, Cook Children’s Medical Center
• Trustee, Dr. Will Daniel, VP, Chief Quality Officer, UT Southwestern Medical Center
• Trustee Joseph DeLeon, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital SW Fort Worth*
• Trustee Jerri Garison, President, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano
• Trustee, Blake Kretz, President, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
• Trustee John Phillips, President, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
• Trustee Esmaeil Porsa, EVP, Strategy/Integration, Parkland Health & Hospital System
• Trustee Xavier Villarreal, CEO, Medical City North Hills
• Ex-Officio Richard Carter, President/CEO, Hunt Regional Medical Center
• Ex-Officio Robert Walker, President/CEO, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
• Ex-Officio Fraser Hay, VP, Professional and Support Services, Texas Health Presbyterian Plano

* – Effective January 21, DeLeon will become President of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Completing their terms are Lillie Biggins, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth; Bill Whitman, Executive Vice President and COO at JPS Health Network; and Clint Abernathy, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance. New DFWHC Board Members include Kretz, Carter and Hay. Walker will continue to serve as ex-officio while Carter and Hay were appointed as new ex-officios.

“Our 15-member board represents a dedicated group of North Texas healthcare executives,” said W. Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC. “They have an array of impressive talent and experience. We appreciate their commitment to helping lead North Texas healthcare in 2018. We would also like to thank Lillie Biggins, Bill Whitman and Clint Abernathy for their dedicated work over the past years.”

DFWHC is a 90 hospital and 85 associate member trade organization with more than 48 years of service to North Texas healthcare. Governed by a Board of Trustees made up of hospital executive officers, the hospital trade association is committed to the continuous improvement of patient care.

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January 5, 2018

Chris Wilson, DFWHC