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Texas Health Resources Names Five New Hospital Presidents

Promotion domino effect is sending executives across DFW to fill larger leadership roles.
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Courtesy: Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is promoting five healthcare leaders to restock its hospital leadership. Texas Health Plano, Southwest, Allen, HEB, and Cleburne are installing new leaders to lead their acute care facilities starting July 3.

Fraser Hay will lead Texas Health Plano, where he served as vice president of professional and support services from 2015-2017 before becoming the president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. While at HEB, Hay focused attention on inclusion and empathy while starting a neurosurgery program at the hospital. He also worked with the local school district to prepare students for careers in healthcare.

Ajith Pai will assume the role of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth after serving as president of Texas Health Cleburne for four years. He focused on physician recruitment and worked with the Texas Health Physician Group to bring new primary care and general surgery practices to Cleburne. In February, the hospital launched its dialysis service and earned a spot in Washington Monthly’s 2020 list of the Top 20 Best Hospitals for America.

On the north side of the region, Amanda Thrash will be the president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. Thrash last served as vice president of professional and support services at Texas Health Plano and started her career with Texas Health as an administrative resident in 2009 in the system’s Dallas flagship hospital before moving to Plano in 2010. She also served for two years as the administrator of Texas Health Neighborhood Care and Wellness Prosper in 2016. While at Plano, she improved EMS outreach strategy and oversaw the growth of the cardiovascular surgery and robotic surgery services.

After serving as president of Texas Health Allen since 2016, Jared Shelton will be the president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Before that, he spent six years at Texas Health Dallas in various administrative leadership roles. While at Allen, the hospital earned the highest scores in the system for physician engagement and patient safety culture while executing a campus master plan that included a $68 million hospital expansion that opened in June 2020. The addition included the Texas Health Athlete Complex, a third medical office building with a spine ambulatory surgical center, and new primary care offices.

Additionally, Christopher Leu will move into the role of president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne after serving as president of Texas Health Stephenville for 15 years. He started his career there on the finance team in 1993 and moved to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in 1998. Leu led a multi-million dollar project to build a larger Emergency Department, which opened in 2015, and helped recruit new physicians to the community while adding hyperbaric oxygen therapy and cardiac rehab services.

“We are delighted to promote five seasoned and talented hospital leaders,” said Kirk King, Texas Health’s Hospital Channel chief operating officer, via release. “They have made valuable contributions to Texas Health’s success for many years and will continue our mission to deliver safe and reliable care to the communities we serve.”

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