Erol Akdamar, president of Medical City Healthcare, has been re-elected to the Texas Hospital Association board of trustees.
Akdamar leads Medical City Healthcare, one of the largest divisions in the HCA Healthcare portfolio. The division includes 14 hospitals, six trauma centers, 11 ambulatory surgery centers, 30 CareNow urgent care centers, six Medical City Children’s Hospital urgent care centers, more than 4,400 active physicians and 17,000 employees in the North Texas area. Five Medical City hospitals hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Association, six are recognized Joint Commission Top Performers, and three are accredited comprehensive stroke centers.
Akdamar has served as Medical City Healthcare’s president since 2013. He is known for his leadership and growth initiatives in the hospitals he has served from Louisiana to Georgia and Texas. His mantra of “excellence always” has resulted in exceptional employee engagement, outstanding quality and earnings performance.
“THA is proud to have the insight and commitment of health care leaders from hospitals of all types and from all corners of the state, and we are pleased to have Erol’s voice to help guide the industry’s initiatives,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO. “With a busy legislative session upcoming with a variety of high-priority issues, THA is poised to help ensure a vibrant hospital industry.”
THA serves in Austin and Washington, D.C., representing the needs of Texas hospitals, their employees and their communities to create and sustain a strong health care system. As the Texas legislative session looms, Texas hospitals are focused on a variety of important health care issues. Among them:
- Funding for physician residencies at Texas’ teaching hospitals.
- Behavioral health funding and expansion of service availability and access.
- Sustained support for enhancement of Medicaid reimbursement rates, including those for rural hospitals and trauma facilities.
- Solutions to increase the number of Texans with private health insurance.
Texas is currently home to the highest rate of the uninsured in the country amid a growing population and massive job growth.