Cook Childrens Health Care System, Fort Worth, Texas said it has named
Rick Merrill to succeed Russell Tolman as president and chief executive
officer on Aug. 15 when Tolman retires after 25 years of service.
Since October 1999, Merrill, 47, has served as president and CEO at Driscoll Childrens Hospital in Corpus Christi, which serves 33 counties in south Texas. Driscoll opened the Driscoll Childrens Specialty Center in
Brownsville, a freestanding, 55,000-square-foot pediatric outpatient
center, during Merrills tenure.
The not-for-profit Cook Childrens system includes a 250-bed medical
center, physician network, home health company, health plan, health
foundation and health care system. Cook Childrens includes more than 35
pediatric medical officers and specialty clinics throughout Texas. --