John Phillips

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Methodist Health System has a new leader at its flagship Dallas hospital. John Phillips, who has been the head of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center for the last seven years, officially took his perch at Methodist Dallas Medical Center on Monday. Phillips takes over for Dr. Martin Koonsman, who has moved up the chain to become the system’s chief medical officer. In Mansfield, Phillips grew the hospital to 254 beds and helped it gain a Level 3 trauma designation as well as a Magnet designation, given to top performing hospitals for nursing. Phillips held CEO and COO positions within Irving-based Christus… Full Story

Chris York

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine

Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health has selected Chris York to serve as president of its Grapevine campus. As president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine, he’ll lead a 302-bed acute care hospital that became a Level II trauma center last year. Former Grapevine campus president Steven Nelson was promoted to president of Baylor Scott & White’s flagship location in downtown Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center, in July. York comes over from a stint as president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, where he’s spent the last four years. He joined the not-for-profit healthcare system in… Full Story

Charles Taylor

UNT Health Science Center

The UNT Health Science Center has named a new provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, promoting the dean of the system’s college of pharmacy to the position. Dr. Charles Taylor will take on the role starting Aug. 1. He will serve as the chief academic officer and oversee and align budgetary policies and priorities. Taylor has packed a lot into his 13 months as dean of the UNT System College of Pharmacy. He oversaw the final months of the school’s accreditation process, prepared the team for a move to a new building, and filled a vacant leadership role.… Full Story

Ross McKnight

Baylor Scott & White Holdings

The Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees has a new chair. Ross McKnight, a businessman who has made fortunes in oil and banking, took over the role on July 1. McKnight was named chair-elect in 2015 and most recently served as chair of the finance and investment committee. He takes over after previous chair Jim Turner’s three-year term expired. McKnight has been on the board since it was formed by the merger in 2013. He served on the Scott & White Healthcare Board of Trustees for 11 years prior to that. McKnight is CEO of RoMac Gas Company… Full Story

Bob Wilhelm

T-System

Healthcare IT company T-System named a new chief executive officer. The company is tapping Bob Wilhelm for the role. Wilhelm had been serving as CEO of Adreima, a revenue cycle management company bought by the similarly aimed nThrive in 2016. He’s also had stints at Cerner and Trizetto. He replaces Roger Davis. In July, Davis left to take up the CEO job at Revint Solutions, which helps healthcare companies recover revenue from being underpaid on reimbursements. Dallas-based T-System focuses on digital documentation, particularly for emergency departments and freestanding ERs.

Carlos Arteaga

UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern has named Dr. Carlos Arteaga as its new director for the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Arteaga replaces Dr. James Wilson, who left in 2016 to become chief scientific officer at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Arteaga begins September 1. In his new role, Arteaga will oversee the center’s 275-person staff of doctors, nurses, scientists, and other medical professionals within 30 departments ranging from basic science to clinical care. Additionally, he will manage more than 12 major cancer programs at the center, which provide “innovative treatments for complex care.” Arteaga previously served as director… Full Story

Kenneth Rothfield

Medical City Dallas

Medical City Dallas has named Dr. Kenneth Rothfield as its new chief medical officer. He replaces Dr. Michael Gruber. As CMO, Rothfield will help advise the hospital’s leading medical experts. Previously, Rothfield served as system VP, CMO, CQO, and patient safety officer at Jacksonville, Fla.-based St. Vincent’s Healthcare, part of Ascension Health. During his time there, hospital-acquired infections reportedly decreased by 50 percent and re-admissions decreased by 20 percent. Chris Mowan, CEO of Medical City Dallas, said in a statement that Rothfield “brings prior success fostering a culture of patient safety and provides a wealth of experience in clinical care… Full Story

Deborah Morris-Harris

Prism Health North Texas

Prism Health North Texas has named Dr. Deborah Morris-Harris as its first chief medical officer. The position was created to provide leadership in the organization’s clinical research studies department. In this new role, Morris-Harris will work with Prism patients, medical staff, and its medical director. Her responsibilities include leading the organization’s integrated HIV medical care services, developing new healthcare services, and expanding HIV prevention services and treatment in North Texas. Morris-Harris most previously served as CMO at Austin-based Community Care, a large, federally qualified health center known for its out-patient HIV practice. Prior to Community Care, she worked as a… Full Story

Steve Kaster

Medical City McKinney

Medical City McKinney has named Dr. Steve Kaster as its new chief medical officer. He replaces Dr. Scott Donaldson, who recently retired. As CMO, Kaster will help advise the hospital’s leading medical experts. Prior to joining Medical City McKinney, Kaster was a physician partner with Digestive Health Specialists in Kansas City, Mo. He was also a board member of Physician Specialists of Kansas City, a large partnership of independent physicians. Ernest Lynch, CEO of Medical City McKinney, says the administrative team is excited to add Kaster to its group. “He is a physician that other doctors can look to for… Full Story

Don O’Bannon

Parkland Health and Hospital System

Parkland Health and Hospital System announced Don O’Bannon as the newest member of its board of managers. O’Bannon was appointed by commissioner John Wiley Price and will replace Marvin Earle. According to Parkland, O’Bannon is knowledgeable on legal matters involving federal AC/DBE regulations, federal and state procurement laws, construction, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the judicial standards for race and gender conscious measures. As a partner in private practice at the law office of Don O’Bannon, he practices civil litigation and counseling in affirmative action, commercial paper, employment discrimination, trademark, product liability, personal injury, and… Full Story