Riley now serving as chair-elect for Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council

By Russell Rian 

Sharon Riley, vice president and chief executive officer for UT Southwestern University Hospitals, is serving as chair-elect of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, part of the 14-member board of trustees for 2010.

The council is a 75-member nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to continuously improve patient safety and the quality of health care in the region.

“The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council serves its members through education, quality improvement data and a collaboration of efforts,” Ms. Riley said. “Our members share the common goals of treating patients with quality care, providing cost-effective treatment and continually improving patient safety. Through education and communication, the council is able to address these and other important issues facing the health care community on a regional, state and national level. The ability to collaborate and learn from each other is a key to the success of the patient-focused safety and quality initiatives on which the organization has focused its efforts.”

Ms. Riley, a board member for four years, also chairs the DFW Hospital Council’s Teaching Hospital Forum.

“We’re excited about our board of trustees for 2010,” said W. Stephen Love, council president and chief executive officer. “This board represents a blend of talent and reflects a large area of North Texas. The combined health care experience of our board members is exceeded only by their impressive contributions to health care and the communities they serve.”

The council, headquartered in Irving and composed of hospitals and health care organizations within a 100-mile radius, advocates for day-to-day issues facing hospitals, in addition to addressing regional work-force issues and coordinating collaborative efforts between health care providers.

Since Ms. Riley’s arrival in 2004, UT Southwestern University Hospitals have garnered numerous awards, most recently the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons and the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award for initiatives on patient care for heart conditions and surgery. The latter award is given by TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas.