For her achievements, Tucker is being recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Up & Comers of 2012.
Tucker's interest in healthcare administration was sparked while working in the front office of a physician practice during college. A co-worker was pursuing a master's degree in the field, and Tucker thought it sounded like the perfect fit for her.
“I realized I could marry my two passions: interacting with patients and the business of healthcare,” she says.
Tucker served as administrative assistant in medical affairs at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano until 2003, when she completed dual master's degrees in business and healthcare administration from Texas Woman's University, Dallas.
What followed were a series of successively higher appointments at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, first as an administrative resident, then as an administrative fellow, and finally, beginning in 2006, as director of the hospital's ambulatory clinics and physician services.
In that role, which she held for four years, she grew the hospital's executive health program, which provides wellness services for senior-level executives of area companies.
And she participated in every phase of the planning of Texas Health Harris Methodist Outpatient Center, Burleson, an eight-acre campus that includes a free-standing emergency department and an advanced imaging center. Tucker was named administrator of the outpatient center just months after its April 2010 opening.