County Picks Hospital Honchos
Commissioners selected Tom Young, a semiretired health care consultant and former Brackenridge Hospital administrator; Frank Rodriguez, CEO of Capital Linkages Inc., and a former Austin city manager and budget director; Clarke Heidrick, a lawyer and chairman of the hospital district steering committee; Carl Richie II, lawyer and former member of the Austin Housing Authority Board; and Dr. Donald Patrick, a lawyer, physician, and executive director of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Heidrick, Richie, and Young are among the city's 12 finalists.
The city also short-listed Jason Cooke, a former division director for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Dr. Thomas Coopwood, a former trauma surgeon at Brackenridge; Dr. Camille Hemlock, associate medical director with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; Victoria Hsu, outgoing director of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and former member of the city's Water and Wastewater Commission; Lynn Hudson, a former director of managed care operations at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Rose Lancaster, former executive director of Manos de Cristo, an East Austin dental clinic for low-income families; Rosie Mendoza, a CPA and a member of the Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation board; Henry Narvaez, a community liaison assisting AIDS patients through the Wright House Wellness Center; and Dr. Catherine Scholl, an anesthesiologist, a member of the hospital district steering committee, and past president of the Travis Co. Medical Society.
Once the hospital district board is established, directors will have just a very short time to create a budget and appoint a CEO to head the district.