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Texas Health Resources announces reorganization


By Paul Barr
Posted: March 7, 2012 - 4:30 pm ET
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Texas Health Resources, Arlington, announced an organizational revamp that will move away from a hospital-focused approach to one focused on being a coordinated system of care.

The 14-hospital system created two new positions, chief operations officer and chief clinical officer, and eliminated an unspecified number of management positions. Further information on the eliminated jobs was not available from the system.

The COO and CCO will report to CEO Doug Hawthorne, and they will have joint responsibility for execution of the next phase of a 10-year strategic plan launched by THR in 2006, according to a news release. THR expects to announce the holders of those two jobs later this March.

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As part of the switch, three geographically based zones were created, and THR will name an operational and a clinical executive vice president for each. Each of the zones also will have its own board that will be responsible for the coordination of Texas Health facilities in the zone and for enhancing alignment with physicians, continuum of care partners and community organizations, though THR's governing board will remain as system overseer.

Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation and Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation will be consolidated into one Texas Health foundation, THR announced.

In August, Moody's Investors Service, New York, lowered the system's credit outlook to negative from stable on concerns about debt, among other things.


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