2022 Founders’ Award


Trustee, Rankin County Hospital District Board – Rankin

Tracy Clanton

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

Born and raised in Rankin, Texas, Tracy Clanton has worked for the Rankin Independent School District since he was 18 years old, serving as the Maintenance Director for many years. Notably, he managed the construction of a brand new state of the art school after passing a 36-million-dollar bond. In addition to his role with the school district, Clanton also owns several other businesses in the town of Rankin.

Clanton has served on the Rankin County Hospital District Board for 12 years. In this time, he helped pass a bond to construct a new hospital and wellness center that has had rippling positive impacts throughout the Rankin community. Through his leadership and collaboration with other leaders on the board, Rankin County Hospital District (RCHD) has seen amazing success related to both quality and financial health.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, Clanton assisted in coordinating efforts that enabled RCHD to vaccinate over 2,000 area residents, coming from communities all over West Texas. Clanton has been recognized by colleagues for his outstanding dedication to supporting the health and wellbeing of his community.

Under Clanton’s guidance, RCHD has built a reserve fund with over two years of funds and has consistently built our investment fund to ensure viability long into the future. Clanton’s dedication, hard work, and support for not only RCHD but the entire Rankin community cannot be overstated.

Known by all as being very dedicated to ensuring Rankin’s success, Clanton is a lifelong member of the Rankin community and raised his family in town as well. Clanton’s contributions to the community of Rankin, the school district, and Rankin County Hospital District are profound, invaluable, and widely appreciated by those around him.