Title: Chairman of International Hospital Corp. and president of Concorde Financial Corp., Dallas.
Most recent deal: *Raising $75 million to build hospitals in Mexico.
A well-known Dallas venture capitalist, Mr. Wood is ingrained in Dallas' healthcare industry.
His imprint is best felt through the Health Industry Council of the Dallas-Fort Worth Region, a group that was formed in 1989 through Mr. Wood's efforts. He had been tapped by then-Mayor Annette Strauss to head a task force to look at ways to promote the city's healthcare services and help providers and other healthcare businesses work together. Mr. Wood launched the project by working through a group that included Kern Wildenthal, M.D., president of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Boone Powell, president and chief executive officer of Baylor University Medical Center.
The Health Industry Council, which represents the city's $5 billion healthcare industry, emerged from the group and helps members, including providers and vendors, work together.
One of the group's missions is to recruit healthcare businesses. When asked about Dallas' chances of landing one of the biggest-Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.-Mr. Wood only smiled.
It's no secret that Columbia/HCA may leave Louisville, Ky., following its acquisition of Healthtrust next year, and Dallas has been mentioned as a possible headquarters.
Richard Scott, Columbia/HCA's president and CEO, is one of the Health Industry Council's founding members, back when Columbia Hospital Corp. was a start-up company in Fort Worth.
Mr. Wood also has his hand in other healthcare deals. For example, he's chairman of Positron Corp., a Houston-based maker of positron emission tomography scanners.