Thought Leader, Leadership

Barclay E. Berdan, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer
Texas Health Resources


Barclay E. Berdan, FACHE, is Chief Executive Officer of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. The health system includes Texas Health Physicians Group and hospitals under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Huguley. The health system has 25 acute-care, transitional, rehabilitation, and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured, or affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

In 2015, Texas Health and UT Southwestern Medical Center created Southwestern Health Resources, an integrated network that blends the strengths of Texas Health and UT Southwestern to better serve North Texas residents, from preventive care to the most advanced interventions.

Berdan became CEO of Texas Health Sept. 1, 2014, after serving as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer the previous two years. With 30 years of service at Texas Health, Berdan describes the system’s culture as one of a family where the mission, vision, values, and The THR Promise℠ are woven together and modeled each day in the care of patients and their families. He believes that Texas Health was built on a strong foundation of traditions — faith, quality, compassion, innovation — traditions that will sustain and guide the organization into the future.

Berdan joined Texas Health in 1986 as vice president/administrator for Texas Health Southwest, overseeing the construction and opening of the hospital. He served as the chief operating officer of Texas Health Fort Worth from 1993 to 1999 and then served as its president from 1999 to 2007. He also served as executive vice president for Texas Health from 2005 to 2007, and as senior executive vice president for system alignment and performance from 2007 to 2012.

Barclay Berdan Discussion Clip Still: Lessons Learned from Hospital Crises

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Lessons Learned from Hospital Crises

“Once you’ve broken into a Walmart with your CFO, you look at life a little differently.”

Barclay Berdan Discussion Clip Still: When Racism Is Called Out in Care Delivery

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When Racism Is Called Out in Care Delivery

At Texas Health, transparency means responding to inaccurate assumptions quickly, swiftly, clearly — and accurately.

Barclay Berdan Talk Part 2 Still: Ebola at Texas Health - Three Lessons in Leadership

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Ebola at Texas Health: Three Lessons in Leadership

There’s no manual for how to do the right thing during a crisis.

Barclay Berdan Talk Part 1 Video Still: Leading through Crisis: Ebola at Texas Health

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Leading Through Crisis: Ebola at Texas Health

A timeline of the first Ebola outbreak in the United States, and how this crisis was addressed.

Barclay Berdan Leading through Crisis Clip Still

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Leading Through Extremes: Crisis Response

The first U.S. case of Ebola begets self-doubt at Texas Health Resources.

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