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Finalists Announced: D CEO‘s 2020 Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Recognizing individuals and organizations for innovation, COVID-19 impact, advocacy, and more.

A worldwide pandemic has illuminated the quality of the region’s healthcare organizations, as they worked to care for North Texas patients amid unprecedented revenue shocks and economic hardship. To recognize those individuals and organizations keeping North Texas healthy, D CEO has named finalists for its Excellence in Healthcare Awards.

This year’s program attracted nearly 200 nominations across over a dozen categories and added new categories specifically addressing COVID-19. Along with outside judges with knowledge of the healthcare field, the editorial team poured over the nominations and made tough decisions to highlight the best 65 finalists among a plethora of excellent nominations.

North Texas is fortunate to have several robust and skilled hospital systems, strong independent physician groups, a world-class medical school, several research institutions, and a philanthropic spirit that makes the region both an attractive place for top medical talent and a place where patients can know they will receive quality care.

All finalists will be featured in D CEO’s December issue and recognized at an awards event, where the winners will be revealed.


Outstanding Community Outreach
  • Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Children’s Health
  • Methodist Health System
  • Texas Health Resources
Outstanding Service Innovation
  • MediBookr
  • Neuro Rehab VR
  • SmartLight Analytics
  • VitalTech Holdings, Inc.
Outstanding Provider Innovation
  • Access Physicians
  • Catapult Health
  • UrgentCare2Go
  • Southwest Transplant Alliance
Outstanding Medical Research
  • Baylor Scott & White Research Institute
  • Methodist Health System
  • University of Texas at Arlington North Texas Genome Center
Outstanding Wellness Program
  • Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Texas Health Resources
  • University of Texas Southwestern
  • Whitley Penn
Outstanding COVID-19 Impact
  • Catalyst Health Network
  • HealthHacking Crisis Network
  • Strukmyer
  • Tenet Healthcare
  • UT Southwestern
Outstanding Health System
  • Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Children’s Health
  • JPS Health Network
  • Texas Health Resources
Outstanding Collaboration
  • Prism Health North Texas and Uptown Physicians
  • Texas Health Resources Frisco and UT Southwestern
  • Urgent Care for Kids and Quidel
  • Ventana by Buckner and Baylor Scott & White Health
Outstanding Real Estate Deal
  • Crossover Health and Amazon
  • Medical City Heart and Spine Hospitals
  • Methodist Midlothian Medical Center



Lifetime Achievement in Healthcare
  • W. Stephen Love, DFW Hospital Council
Healthcare Trailblazer
  • Dr. Christopher Crow, Catalyst Health Network and StratiFi Health
Outstanding Healthcare Advocate
  • Vishal Ahuja, Southern Methodist University
  • Mary Ann Contreras, JPS Health Network
  • Dr. Sean Raj, Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Dennis Wade, Santé Center for Healing
Outstanding Hospital Executive
  • Dr. Miguel Benet, Medical City Healthcare
  • Jim Hinton, Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Jim Scoggin, Methodist Health System
  • Vanessa Walls, Children’s Health
Outstanding Healthcare Executive
  • Dan Chambers, Key-Whitman Eye Center
  • Alison DiPilla, IBH Population Health Solutions
  • Awstin Gregg, Connections Wellness Group
  • John Olajide, Axxess
Outstanding Health System Innovator
  • Jon Albrecht, Methodist Health System
  • Devon Armstrong, JPS Health Network
  • Winjie Miao, Texas Health Resources
  • Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, UT Southwestern
Outstanding Healthcare Innovator
  • Elyse Dickerson, Eosera
  • Henry Hermann, St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy
  • John McCracken, University of Texas Dallas
  • William C. Short, Accresa
Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner
  • Dr. Jeffrey Butterfield, Methodist Health System
  • Dr. Mark Casanova, Baylor Scott & White Health
  • CDR Joyce Davis, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Dr. Kristine Guleserian, Medical City Children’s Hospital
Outstanding Healthcare Volunteer
  • Glenn Lacy, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine
  • Malia Litman, Children’s Health
  • Nell Martin, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
  • Cindy Merren, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

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