July 25, 2017
Andrew M. Stern, co-chair of the Medical City Healthcare community advisory board and chief executive officer of Dallas-based Sunwest Communications, Inc., is the recipient of the 2017 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. Andy Stern is an exemplary leader who represents the powerful collective voice for all Texas hospitals.
“As a volunteer trustee, there is no one more dedicated, innovative and engaged,” said Erol Akdamar, FACHE, president of Medical City Healthcare. “Andy is tireless in his dedication and uses his extensive network to help us better serve our community.”
Stern has been an advocate for health care and his hospital for more than 20 years. He has served on the Medical City Dallas Hospital board for 23 years and is the co-founder and co-chair of the Medical City Healthcare community advisory board. A true asset to the health care community, Stern understands the power of advocacy and strength in a unified and collective voice. Involved at the local, state and national level, he has used his experience as a former staff assistant to President Gerald Ford and his expertise in public relations to lend a voice to Texas hospitals.
About Medical City Healthcare
Medical City Healthcare is one of the North Texas region’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare providers and includes 13 hospitals, more than 7,000 active physicians and 14,000 employees in North Texas. Three Medical City Healthcare hospitals are accredited comprehensive stroke centers, five hospitals hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Association, and six have been recognized by The Joint Commission as Top Performers in the nation. Part of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 165 hospitals in the United States and England.
Texas Healthcare Trustees is a statewide association whose members are Texas hospitals, health systems and health-related organizations. THT provides education and resources to board members of these organizations to help ensure they are equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the health care industry and lead their hospital or health system to success. Membership includes more than 450 governing boards and represents nearly 4,000 trustees. THT is the oldest trustee organization in the country, founded in 1961. THT is affiliated with the Texas Hospital Association and regularly partners with the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals.