Tad Hatton Named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin

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AUSTIN, Texas – (Feb. 25, 2015) – Tad A. Hatton is the new vice president and chief operating officer for Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, the largest hospital within Central Texas’ largest health care system. Hatton has been chief operating officer for St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center for the past seven years.

“Hospital care is changing for the better – to better ensure that patients and their loved ones are at the center of all we do at Ascension Seton,” said Michelle Robertson, Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals’ acting president and chief executive officer. “I am pleased that Tad has joined our team and confident that his leadership will continue to enable Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin to fulfill our mission to the community we serve.”

Hatton’s broad expertise make him a welcome addition to the Ascension Seton Austin team, said Kate Henderson, president of Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital and Ascension Seton’s Health Equity Initiatives.

“Tad has demonstrated success in pleasing patients, winning accolades from doctors and nurses and getting high marks from professional review teams,” Henderson said. “He is a proven leader with more than 14 years’ experience in health care and is well-suited to lead the more than 2,000 employees at Ascension Seton Austin.”

Hatton was named COO at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center in January 2008. He was part of an executive team that achieved Level II trauma certification and had responsibility for several major construction projects. He also served as the Chief Staffing Officer and the Ethics and Compliance Officer.

“My experience has taught me that you’re only as good as your customers think you are – and that includes patients and their families and loved ones,” Hatton said. “I know that Ascension Seton employs doctors, nurses and others deeply committed to improving the hospital experience and patient outcomes. It is an honor and privilege to join Ascension Seton Austin’s Personalized Care team.”

Before St. David’s, Hatton was COO of Willow Creek Women’s Hospital, a Triad Hospitals facility in Johnson, Ark., that delivered more babies than any other hospital in that state and established the first Level III neonatal intensive care unit in northwest Arkansas. Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin is one of the top Central Texas facilities for mothers to give birth.

Previously, he also attained management roles with Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Ark., and in the Triad Hospitals corporate offices in Plano. Hatton also worked in Texas for Medical City Dallas Hospital.

Hatton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at Texas A&M University and his MBA at The University of Texas at Dallas. Locally, he serves on the Williamson County YMCA Board of Trustees and has been a member of the Round Rock Rotary since 2008.