The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) announced today Fraser Hay and Anne T. Bass would be award recipients during its Annual Awards Luncheon in October. Hay, vice president, professional and support services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, has been named the 2017 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year while Bass, former chair of the Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees, will receive the 2017 Kerney Laday, Sr. Trustee of the Year Award.
The Young Healthcare Executive honor acknowledges youthful professionals who display the impressive abilities of future North Texas leaders. Created in 2005, nominees must be 40 years of age or younger and employed by a DFWHC-member hospital. The Trustee of the Year honor was named in memory of Kerney Laday, Sr., who served on the Texas Health Resources Board for a decade. He was chair when he passed away in September, 2012. The award was created in 2013 to honor trustees who have displayed uncommon excellence over a sustained period of time.
“Every year, this is a difficult decision for the DFWHC Board of Trustees,” said W. Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC. “In reading the career highlights of Fraser Hay and Anne T. Bass, it was clear they were both particularly inspired and motivated to make a difference in North Texas healthcare. As with all the nominees, they displayed excellent leadership skills and innovative ideas. Our community is blessed to have such promising leaders so dedicated to the mission of serving others.”
Since 2015, Hay has served as vice president, professional and support services at Texas Health Presbyterian Plano. In his role, he leads non-nursing operations and oversees more than 400 employees. During his tenure, he started a physician-led Surgical Services Operations Committee to improve processes, reducing immediate-use sterilization from 30 percent to one percent. He also created a monthly electronic newsletter to improve overall communication and engagement of surgeons within the hospital.
Bass served on the Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees for 15 years, stepping into the role of chair following the unfortunate passing of Laday. She was chair until 2014 and past chair until 2016. During her years as a trustee, Bass chaired multiple committees including the Quality and Patient Safety Committee from 2010-2012. During that time, she assisted in the search for a chief clinical officer – a newly created position – to elevate clinical quality and patient safety efforts for Texas Health Resources.
In addition to Hay, Young Healthcare nominees included Julie Do, vice president of finance at Methodist Dallas Medical Center; Niki Shah, vice president of care redesign, equitable care and digital health at Baylor Scott & White Health; and Natalie Wilkins, chief of staff to the president/CEO at Cook Children’s Health Care System.
Hay and Bass will be presented their awards during DFWHC’s 69th Annual Awards Luncheon, October 31 at the Arlington Convention Center. Ann Curry, formerly of NBC’s Today show, will serve as keynote speaker while Larry James, chief executive officer of CitySquare, will receive the Distinguished Health Service Award. The event is sponsored in part by Hall Render and CampbellWilson, LLP.