DALLAS, Texas – (July 25, 2014) – Texas Healthcare Trustees (THT) presented Sister Helen Brewer, a member, past chair and current vice chair of the Ascension Seton Board of Trustees, with its 2014 Star Trustee Award for outstanding work on behalf of Texas hospitals.
Brewer, a member of the Daughters of Charity, which founded Texas’ first hospital in Austin 112 years ago, was recognized July 25 during THT’s 2014 Healthcare Governance Conference in Dallas.
The Star Trustee Award is presented annually to leaders at hospitals or health care systems who demonstrate the ability to effectively advocate in the legislative or regulatory arenas for the betterment of Texas hospitals and the patients and communities they serve.
“Sister Helen has a long tenure of affecting health care, hospitals and patients throughout Central Texas in a variety of ways. Her work eclipses the political tenure of many of the legislative leaders she has influenced as an ardent advocate,” said Stacy G. Cantu, THT president and chief executive officer. “She continues to inspire others and make significant inroads to improve health care in Texas.”
Sister Helen’s work with Ascension Seton began in 1998 and included a public advocacy program to engage state leaders and policymakers to implement the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with federal funding. Her leadership on research and reporting on issues such as emergency room utilization has garnered national attention.
Her communication and advocacy on issues related to unnecessary readmissions are now considered major reform measures, though her attention to the issue came almost a decade earlier. Sister Helen’s ability to forge strong partnerships to collaborate and solve complex problems has secured her reputation as an instrument for change in Austin.
“Sister Helen provides the kind of foresight and impact that have made Ascension Seton one of the best health care systems in the world,” said Jesús Garza, Ascension Seton president and chief executive officer. “Texas Healthcare Trustees could not have chosen a more suitable recipient of such recognition. To receive this prestigious award as we continue in an age of reform is a true testament to the instrumental role she plays in Texas health care.”
Texas Healthcare Trustees is an affiliated organization of the Austin-based Texas Hospital Association. THT members are hospitals and health systems and provide education, resources and leadership opportunities to governing board members. THT has approximately 450 hospital/ health system governing boards represented approximately 4,000 trustees. For more information, visit www.tht.org.