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2019 Founders' Award

Jerry Reynolds

Mitchell County Hospital District

Jerry Reynolds

Jerry Reynolds, president of the Mitchell County Hospital District’s board of directors, is the recipient of the Texas Healthcare Trustees’ 2019 Founders’ Award, THT’s highest honor.

Trustees are leaders who go above and beyond as they work to improve health care in their communities. To celebrate these individuals who go to extraordinary lengths, THT created the Founders’ Award in 1972, which was given to the five founders of THT for their leadership, dedication to the principles of the organization and their commitment to excellence in health care governance.

Reynolds has served on the Mitchell County Hospital District’s board of directors for the past 14 years and as its president for the past nine years. While under his directorship, the Mitchell County Hospital District has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in both best practices in quality and patient satisfaction. His many years of service to his country and community include seven years of service in the National Guard and as a coach and principle for 34 years, in which he dedicated the last 13 of those to the community of Colorado City. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a former member of the Lions Club and Appraisal District Board. He and Wilma, his wife of 64 years, still reside in Colorado City.

“This recognition reflects not only Jerry Reynold’s commitment to excellence in governance,” said Shirley Robinson, president/CEO of the Texas Healthcare Trustees, “But also provides the people and communities served by Mitchell County Hospital District the 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 Jerry Reynolds of Mitchell County Hospital District with the 2019 THT Founders’ Award.

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2019 Advocate of the Year Award

Lilia Escajeda

Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Amarillo

Lilia Escajeda

Lilia Escajeda, chair emeritus of the board of governors of the Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, is the recipient of the 2019 Texas Healthcare Trustees Advocate of the Year Award.

The THT Advocate of the Year Award was created in 2012 to recognize an outstanding trustee, committee or board that effectively advocates for its hospital or health system and the community at large. Lilia Escajeda is an exemplary leader who advocates for the greater good of her community. Escajeda has served on the board of governors at Northwest Texas Healthcare System for over 12 years and held the seat of board chair for the last six years.

Escajeda is a member of numerous boards focused on improving health care throughout the panhandle of Texas. In addition, Escajeda is on the Texas Healthcare Trustees Chairman’s Council, served on the Texas Hospital Association Council on Policy Development and is currently on the HOSPAC Board.

THT is proud to present of Lilia Escajeda of the Northwest Texas Healthcare System with the 2019 THT Advocate of the Year Award.

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2019 Ollie Jo Bozeman Excellence in Administrative Professionalism Award

Irma Rocha

El Campo Memorial Hospital

Irma Rocha

Irma Rocha of El Campo Memorial Hospital is the recipient of the Texas Healthcare Trustees’ 2019 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. The award recognizes an outstanding hospital administrative professional with an exceptional record of commitment and contributions to ensure quality in hospital governance.

Rocha serves El Campo Memorial Hospital in the role of administrative assistant and celebrated her 50th year at the hospital in 2016. Her work has been fundamental to the hospital district and has made on impact on every aspect of its commitment to serve patients of the community. “She always accepts a new challenge, continues to play a vital role in the governance, longevity and success of the hospital, oversees various departments, and has more knowledge of El Campo Memorial Hospital than the local library,” said Nathan Tudor, CEO of El Campo Memorial Hospital.

“Irma Rocha not only represents the values of El Campo Memorial Hospital but her commitment to the governance of her hospital embodies the spirit of the Ollie Jo Bozeman Excellence in Administrative Professionalism Award,” said Shirley Robinson, president/CEO of the Texas Healthcare Trustees. “We are so honored to be able to highlight her years of dedication to her hospital and community.”

THT is proud to recognize Ollie Jo Bozeman as the inaugural recipient of this distinguished award and the beginning of an honored tradition of recognizing the state’s valued hospital administrative professionals.

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