A special thanks to Blake Kretz FACHE, and Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital for hosting us for this special event! Come out to hear about Blake’s career journey, as well as the Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital and the community they are serving.
Blake Kretz, FACHE, MHA is an experienced executive leader with 36 years of health care experience; thirty one of those years through diversified administrative leadership and five years of clinical experience as a certified orthopedic physician assistant. For the past seven years he has served as the hospital president at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.
At Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Mr. Kretz led efforts to establish a comprehensive lung program, hyperbaric and wound care center. Under his leadership, the hospital is a certified Level III NICU, Level III Maternal Child and in active pursuit as a Level III Trauma Facility. Texas Health Arlington Memorial was recertified as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center and a Primary Stroke Center, Breast Imaging Center of Excellence this year.
Prior to joining Texas Health Arlington, Kretz served as President at Texas Health Cleburne and Administrator/CEO of Graham Regional Medical Center in Graham, Tx. He completed his administrative residency at HCA St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City and worked as an orthopedic physician’s assistant at Orthopedic Associates in Lewisville out of college.
Mr. Kretz believes it is important to be involved in the community and has served on the Chamber of Commerce Boards and community boards in every community he has been the Hospital President. Professionally, he serves on multiple boards, Texas Rehabilitation Hospital Arlington, Texas GI Center, and Texas Health Ambulatory Surgery Center Arlington. He has served on health care related committees, including the Texas Hospital Association Council on Policy Development and Precinct 2 Healthcare Advisory Council and is currently Chair of the DFW Hospital Council.
A native Texan, Mr. Kretz is a graduate of Harlingen High School and Abilene Christian University, and he holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, riding his mountain bike with his son, hanging out at the river, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Lori, have a daughter, Nicole, a son, Michael, son-in-law Brandon, and first grandchild Bentley.