A physician executive successful in fostering clinical and operational improvements within a leading New Braunfels healthcare system has been named vice president of medical affairs for Ascension Seton’s south market covering Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties.
Dr. Fausto Meza, chief medical officer and physician lead for electronic medical record optimization with Resolute Health, will assume his new role with Ascension Seton on Nov. 30. Previously, he served as chief medical officer, chief medical information officer and hospitalist medical director for Doctor Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas.
Meza will provide physician leadership at Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle; Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital in Luling; and Ascension Seton Smithville Regional Hospital. He is board certified to practice internal and geriatric medicine.
“The communities south and east of Austin are growing rapidly, with more families with young children and more adults who are getting older,” said Chris Hartle, president of the three south market hospitals as well as Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock and Ascension Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet. “We have great physicians and nurses in our south market who can count on Dr. Meza to be an effective leader and help amplify our relentless focus on high quality care and positive patient experiences at all of our hospitals.”
Meza, whose graduate education is in public health and public policy and administration, founded Garcia Leadership and Advocacy Seminar (GLAS), a leadership and advocacy training workshop for national Latino medical student leaders, and Frontera de Salud, an organization active in three medical schools dedicated to underserved patients in impoverished areas of Texas.
“I am enthused about the opportunity to dedicate my energy, ability and experience to a shared vision of improving each person’s health through excellent clinical care delivered with compassion, dignity and respect,” Meza said. “Seton’s Personalized Care is inspirational and necessary to innovate in the redesign of a health care system that moves toward providing value to patients. I look forward to working with a new team to move Personalized Care forward in Central Texas.”
Meza earned his Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) at Columbia University in New York; his medical doctorate at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas; and his bachelor’s degree in biology at The University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Dr. Michelle Meza and is the father of three children.