DFWHC announces 2024 Board of Trustees


IRVING, TX – The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) has announced its Board of Trustees for 2024. The Board of Trustees consists of the following individuals:

    • Chair, Jessica O’Neal, CEO, Medical City Las Colinas
    • Chair-Elect, Vanessa Walls, Executive VP Northern Market, Children’s Health
    • Past Chair, Becky Tucker, Senior VP of Channel Integration, Texas Health
    • Trustee, Natalie Wilkins, VP Operations, Cook Children’s Health Care System
    • Trustee, Juan Fresquez, President, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
    • Trustee, Steve Edgar, CEO, Medical City Denton
    • Trustee, Kyle Armstrong, President, Baylor University Medical Center and Central Region
    • Trustee, Chris Richard, CEO, Kindred Hospital Tarrant County Arlington
    • Trustee, Will Turner, President, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie
    • Trustee, Shannon Fletcher, VP, Chief of Staff, JPS Health Network
    • Trustee, Christopher York, President, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
    • Trustee, Edmundo Castaneda, Executive VP, COO, Parkland Health
    • Trustee, Chris Rubio, COO, William P. Clements, Jr. University Hospital
    • Ex-Officio, Matt Chance, Senior VP, COO, Scottish Rite for Children
    • Ex-Officio, Amanda Thrash, President, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

Completing their terms are Blake Kretz, President, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital; Dr. Seth Toomay, Associate VP, Chief Medical Officer, UT Southwestern Medical Center; and Dr. Roberto de la Cruz, Executive VP, Chief Clinical Officer, Parkland Health.

“We’re looking forward to working with the new additions to our 15-member board representing an accomplished group of North Texas healthcare executives,” said Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC. “They have an impressive range of talent allowing us to successfully continue our mission to improve quality healthcare and drive health equity in the region. We would also like to thank Blake Kretz, Dr. Seth Toomay and Dr. Roberto de la Cruz for their dedicated board work over the past year.”

DFWHC is a 90 hospital and 90 associate member trade organization with more than 54 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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IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 9, 2024

Chris Wilson, DFWHC