The Texas Hospital Association (THA) recently named Phyllis Cowling, FHFMA, CPA, MBA, as the recipient of the 2020 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. Cowling is president and CEO of United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The award, presented at THA’s 2021 Annual Conference and Expo, which was held virtually March 9-12, is the highest honor bestowed by THA. It recognizes outstanding executives who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the healthcare industry and their profession. Recipients also are leaders in providing high-quality healthcare services and are active in THA and other industry groups.
In its announcement regarding the award, THA noted that Cowling’s accomplishments reach far beyond hospital walls and that she emphasizes community health, ensuring that those in her area can get high-quality healthcare without traveling to a big city.
“I’ve had the honor of knowing and working with Phyllis for the last few decades,” said Ted Shaw, president and CEO of THA. He noted Cowling is a dedicated, hard worker who exemplifies excellence in healthcare as well as a fervent advocate for access to quality care.
“I cannot think of someone more deserving of this year’s Collier Award,” said Shaw.
Cowling, a member and fellow of HFMA, served as the Association’s 2002-03 National Chair.
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Bernal named Methodist Healthcare CFO
Enrique Bernal is joining the leadership team at Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio, Texas, as its new CFO. Bernal brings 16 years of CFO experience to the new position, including most recently at San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital. He is a member of HFMA’s South Texas Chapter.
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