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Cocktails with the Chiefs: Funding the Future of Healthcare in Texas

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Don’t miss out on this popular event!

Reserve your ticket now for our next ACHENTX Cocktails with the Chiefs event. We’re back in Fort Worth for this program and this time, our content topic will be: Funding the Future of Healthcare in Texas: how policy, advocacy, and traditional delivery systems come together for Texans. The panel will be preceded by a networking cocktail reception.


Our guest panelists for this event will include:


Joseph DeLeon (Moderator)
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Clint Hailey
Senior Vice President & Chief Managed Care Officer
Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Scott Holliday, DO, MBA
US Anesthesia Partners North Texas Clinical Governance Board

Rick McWhorter
Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Texas Health Resources

Anna Stelter, LMSW, MPH
Senior Director, Financial Policy
Texas Hospital Association


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Speakers Bios:


Joseph DeLeon Joseph DeLeon became president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in January 2018. He joined the team at Texas Health Resources in Fort Worth in 2005 and in addition to serving at Texas Health Fort Worth for 13 years he was the President at Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth from 2013 through 2017. He has led the expansion of Texas Health Fort Worth’s physical plant with the addition of the Jane and John Justin Tower and the implementation of the hospital’s first Graduate Medical Education programs in General Surgery and Internal Medicine.

In January 2013, DeLeon was named president of Texas Health Southwest. Under his leadership, Texas Health Southwest achieved the Truven 100 Top Hospital four years in a row and the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Patient Experience from Press Ganey. The Texas Health Southwest leadership team also worked to bring Texas Health Clearfork online and become a joint replacement destination center in North Texas.

DeLeon is an active leader in the community, serving as chairman of the boards of Texas Rehabilitation Hospital and the Tarrant County March of Dimes, American Heart Association, and on the boards of North Texas Community Foundation and the Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration. He previously served as Chair of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. DeLeon has been recognized many times for his leadership of the hospital, including a 2017 Minorities in Business Award from the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former captain of the United States Air Force Medical Services Corps and has served in health care management since 1991. A graduate of Leadership North Texas, Leadership Fort Worth and Leadership Bryan-College Station, DeLeon was previously named to the Fort Worth Business Press 40 under 40 and holds a Certificate of Leader Development from the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s National Security Program.


Clint Hailey serves as senior vice president and chief managed care officer of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, overseeing managed care strategy development, and contracting operations for all entities with all managed care companies nationally. He reports to Dan Cancelmi, Tenet’s chief financial officer. Prior to joining Tenet, Hailey was vice president of managed care for the Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Texas operations, where he was responsible for directing the development of managed care strategies and negotiating contracts for 34 acute care hospitals and 26 freestanding surgery centers in Texas. Hailey earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and his juris doctorate from Texas A&M University School of Law. He is a member of both the American and Texas Bar Associations and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.



Scott Holliday, D.O., MBA, is a member of the USAP Board of Directors and Chairman of the USAP North Texas Clinical Governance Board where he also serves in an operations leadership role. Dr. Holliday played an integral role in the private equity backed transaction of Pinnacle Partners into US Anesthesia Partners in 2014.

Dr. Holliday received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his medical education at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Holliday also completed a master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011. Dr. Holliday was appointed by the Governor of Texas in 2008 to serve on the Texas Medical Board and completed his service in 2019. Dr. Holliday is a certified anesthesiologist by the American Board of Anesthesiology


Rick McWhorter is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Texas Health Resources. He has responsibility for overall accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and tax management; revenue cycle management and government reimbursement; hospital financial operations; physician financial operations; and financial analytics. He also oversees investments and treasury services; real estate services and facilities development; and supply chain management.

Rick assumed his current role in late 2018 after serving in numerous leadership roles since joining the system in 1990. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial Operations Officer for Texas Health, where he implemented the system’s board-approved financial sustainability policy, which establishes the prudent deployment of financial resources and provides funding to fulfill Texas Health’s Mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. In addition, he implemented the system’s financial compliance and tax-exempt bond compliance programs, which monitor more than $2 billion of debt.

Over the years, Rick has provided financial oversight across the Texas Health system, as well as serving on several of the system’s joint ventures’ boards and committees. He played a significant role in the development of financial controls and processes for Southwestern Health Resources, an integrated network that blends the strengths of UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health. Additionally, McWhorter represents the system as a member of the subscriber advisory and finance committees for Premier AEIX, a professional liability risk retention group with other health systems across the country.

Outside of Texas Health, Rick has previously chaired the healthcare education committee for the Texas Society of CPAs, served a three-year term on the United Way of Tarrant County board, and a three-year term on the Advisory Board of the Boy Scouts – Circle 10. He is currently serving as a member of the board and executive committee for Texas Wesleyan University and is Texas Wesleyan’s current chair for its Finance and Audit Committee.

Rick earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas Wesleyan University and is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Texas. He is a certified healthcare financial professional and fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.


Anna Stelter, LMSW, MPH, is Senior Director, Financial Policy at Texas Hospital Association, where she monitors health care financing and supports the association’s public policy activities related to hospital payments, Medicaid, Medicare, and the state budget. She joined THA in 2021 after three years as a public health policy analyst at Texas Medical Association, where she coordinated the Texas Public Health Coalition and led the association’s behavioral health and pediatric health activities. She began her career as a policy analyst at Texas Health Institute monitoring Affordable Care Act-related coverage gains in Texas. She earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health, and a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.




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