THT is accepting award nominations until May 1, 2019

Eligibility and Process
The nominee must be a trustee from a Texas Hospital Association- and Texas Healthcare Trustees-member hospital or health system. The institution's membership status must be current.

Current members of the THT board of directors are not eligible.

An Awards Committee, appointed by the THT chairman, will review all nominations and make the selection. The committee reserves the right to award multiple awards.

All nominators will receive notification of the results.

Award recipients are honored at the Trustee Awards Luncheon held on Friday during the Healthcare Governance Conference. Recipients, or a representative from their respective hospital, must attend to accept the award.


About the Awards

Founders' Award

Texas Healthcare Trustees Founders' Award is the highest honor bestowed to a trustee. The Founders' Award is presented to a distinguished health care trustee with an exemplary record of leadership, dedication and excellence in health care governance and their community.

Previous winners of the award have exhibited outstanding service to their hospitals. The Founders' Award was established in 1972 when it was presented to the five founders of Texas Healthcare Trustees who contributed significantly to the leadership and growth of the association. The Founders' Award remains a symbol of dedication and excellence in leadership and health care governance.


  • An individual, distinguished health care trustee.
  • Previous winners of the award gave outstanding service to their hospitals through times of growth, challenge or change including:
    • Steering the hospital through a reorganization or turnaround.
    • Overseeing bond initiatives.
    • Forging key partnerships.
    • Developing new financing strategies.
    • Leading growth and building phases for a hospital or system.
    • Displaying decades of leadership in organization and community.
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THT Advocate of the Year Award

THT's Advocate of the Year Award (previously Star Trustee Award) recognizes an outstanding trustee, committee, or board who exhibits leadership in the legislative and regulatory arenas for the betterment of their hospital and the patients and communities they serve. Some examples include outstanding service to the Texas Hospital Association advocacy team; public service; advocating locally for their hospital's initiatives; engagement in state and/or national health care policy discussions; and/or working with local or state health agencies or government officials to improve health care.

Originally referred to as the Star Trustee Award, this was created in 2009 to recognize and encourage engagement in advocacy on behalf of hospitals, health systems and health care-related organizations to strengthen and improve the health care community. The award was given previously by the Texas Hospital Association from 2009 to 2011 to an outstanding Texas trustee.


  • An outstanding trustee or, in the event that leadership cannot be fairly attributed to a single individual, a committee or board may be nominated.
  • Examples of exemplary leadership include outstanding service to the Texas Hospital Association political action committee, HOSPAC; public service; advocating locally for their hospital’s initiatives; and engagement in state and/or national health care policy discussions.
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The Ollie Jo Bozeman Excellence in Administrative Professionalism Award

The Ollie Jo Bozeman Excellence in Administrative Professionalism Award was created in 2018 in recognition of the significant contributions made by hospital administrative professionals in Texas. Its namesake, Ollie Jo Bozeman, has led administration and governance at the Texas Hospital Association for the last 41 years, and embodies the values and high standards of the association in every way.

The award recognizes an outstanding hospital administrative professional with an exceptional record of commitment and contributions to ensure quality in hospital governance.


  • An outstanding hospital administrative professional who plays a critical role in the activities of the hospital’s board of trustees and governance.
  • Examples of exemplary service include contributions to the advancement of high-quality, efficient health care services, attainment of a high level of proficiency in support of the board of directors and governance, and personification of the hospital’s values.
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2018 Founders' Award

Hon. Randy M. Clapp

El Campo Memorial Hospital

Hon. Randy M. Clapp Judge Randy Clapp has a long history of service to his community which began in 1985 as board member and then chair of the West Wharton County Hospital District Board of Directors. He currently serves on the El Campo Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2011. Judge Clapp has also served on the board of the Texas Healthcare Trustees and served as board chair in 2013. His many years of service have also included recognition from the Texas Academy of Governance Trustee multiple times; he has been honored as a Distinguished Trustee by the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System; and received the Community Builder Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas. This recognition reflects not only Judge Clapp’s commitment to excellence in governance but also provides the people and communities served by El Campo Memorial Hospital confidence that he practices the most important aspects of trusteeship, which include community stewardship, leadership, dedication to effective governance, collaboration, vision, commitment and service.

THT is proud to present Judge Randy Clapp of El Campo Memorial Hospital with the 2018 THT Founders’ Award.

2018 Advocate of the Year Award

Jesse Shuffield

Hutchinson County Hospital District, Borger

Jesse ShuffieldJesse Shuffield is a dedicated advocate for the Golden Plains Community Hospital and the community of Borger, Texas. He understands that to make Borger better and to bring more families and businesses to the town, an education and health care delivery system must meet the needs of the community. To this end, he has been involved at all levels, including numerous meetings with senators and legislators to stress the need for assistance in rural health care professional recruitment, Texas Health and Human Services Commission funding proposals and streamlining processes with the Texas Medical Board. In addition to representing GPCH at THT and with TORCH, he has provided decades of services to Excel Energy, the City of Borger (city council and planning/zoning board), vice chair of the Hutchinson County Hospital District, past-president of the Chamber of Commerce, and a member of United Way and the Lion’s Club. Additionally, he serves on the Hutchinson County EMS Board of Directors and the Jerry C. Waggoner Medical Foundation at GPCH. His leadership was instrumental in securing United Way funds for the GPCH emergency dental fund and medical health scholarship program. He advocates continually for the hospital and the greater good of the community, and is a trustee with high morale fortitude and drive to improve his community.

THT is proud to present Jesse Shuffield of Hutchinson County Hospital District with the 2018 THT Advocate of the Year Award.

     See a list of past award recipients