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Healthcare Brief (01/28/21)

DFW Hospital Council announces 2021 Board of Trustees, Southwestern Medical Foundation adds five trustees, Humana gives to COVID-19 relief, and more.
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The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) has announced its 2021 Board of Trustees for 2021, which will include the following leaders.

  • Chair David Berry, President – Strategic Capital Projects, Children’s Health
  • Chair-Elect Blake Kretz, President, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • Past Chair John Phillips, President, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
  • Trustee, Jessica O’Neal, CEO, Medical City Children’s Hospital
  • Trustee Sharn Barbarin, CEO, Medical City Lewisville
  • Trustee, Dr. Karen Duncan, Executive VP, Community Health, JPS Health Network
  • Trustee Rebecca Tucker, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital SW Fort Worth
  • Trustee Michael Sanborn, President, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth
  • Trustee Audra Early, Senior VP, Strategy and Network Development, Kindred Hospitals
  • Trustee Dr. Roberto de la Cruz, Chief Clinical Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System
  • Trustee Dr. Seth Toomay, Chief Medical Officer, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Trustee Christopher York, President, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine
  • Ex-Officio Richard Carter, President/CEO, Hunt Regional Medical Center
  • Ex-Officio Natalie Wilkins, Chief of Staff to President/CEO, Cook Children’s Health Care System
  • Ex-Officio Dustin Anthamatten, VP Operations, Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Southwestern Medical Foundation has announced five new Trustees. The foundation helps donors understand the impact of innovative programs and helps raise money for leading-edge research. New trustees are Kelvin A. Baggett, M.D., Executive Vice President & Chief Impact Officer for McKesson and formerly the City of Dallas’ COVID-19 Health and Health Care Access Czar; Rod Jones, Chairman of the Board for Cyber Defense Labs; Bob Jordan, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at Southwest Airlines; Jack Lowe, Jr., Retired CEO of TDIndustries; and Brian Schultz, Founder of Studio Movie Grill.

Benjamin Tu, Ph.D. has been named a recipient of the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science, presented by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He is a professor of biochemistry at UT Southwestern whose research seeks to better understand cancer. The award comes with a $25,000. Tu is the 15th scientist at UT Southwestern to receive an O’Donnell award since TAMEST initiated the awards in 2006.

Humana Healthy Horizons, the Medicaid arm of Humana, as well as the company’s philanthropic arm The Humana Foundation has committed $2.5 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Texas, including several North Texas organizations. They include YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Learning Academy, Communities In Schools of Texas, and My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County.

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