Dr. Michael Williams, Interim President of UNT Health Science Center, has been appointed to a panel of notable health care executives tasked with guiding the development of a national forum created by U.S. News & World Report.
Called "Hospital of Tomorrow," the November 2013 forum is designed to address critical challenges facing the health care industry and will take place in Washington, D.C.
The Advisory Council will meet regularly to spotlight pioneering strategies and create solutions to help industry leaders navigate the changing health care landscape.
"This appointment gives Fort Worth a unique ‘seat at the table' during critical senior-level health care discussions regarding our industry's future," Dr. Williams said. "It's an honor to be part of such a distinguished group."
Other members of the Advisory Council include:
"The event concept has been met with more enthusiasm than we anticipated, evidenced in part by the caliber of professionals who have stepped up to form the Advisory Council," stated Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. "I am honored to be working with this brain trust to shape an event that will address - on the highest level - the critical challenges facing hospitals today."
Dr. Williams was named interim President of UNT Health Science Center in December 2012. Prior to that appointment, he served as CEO of Hill Country Memorial Hospital (HCM) in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Under his leadership, HCM moved from a severely under-performing hospital to achieve a quality care ranking in the top 5 percent of all hospitals in the nation (by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently ranked HCM as first in Texas and fourth in the nation for "Patient Experience." And for two years in a row, Truven Health AnalyticsTM (formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters) has ranked HCM as one of the country's top 100 U.S. hospitals, based on overall organizational performance. HCM also ranked in the top 10 percent both in Texas and in the nation for overall hospital and surgical care.
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