Keeping local interests at the forefront of this statewide agency, Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital administrator Windell McCord was recently elected to the board of trustees and is being installed at the annual Texas Hospital Association (THA) Conference and Expo being held today in Austin. A graduate of Wayland Baptist University, McCord has more than 20 years of experience in rural hospital administration. He has been associated with THA for almost 23 years and currently serves on the THA Council for Policy Development, the Rural Hospital Council on Administration and the Special Advisory Committee on the Uninsured and Indigent Health Care. He has served as chairman of THA Division 8A and as a member of the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange Board of Directors. He is also the immediate past chairman of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals and cofounder and past chair of the Texas Hospital Home Health Association. He is a retired master sergeant and 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. On May 16, the THA Board of Trustees unanimously selected Richard J. Bettis as its new president/CEO effective June 1. Bettis succeeds former Bradyite Terry Townsend, who has served as THA president/CEO since 1987. Townsend is transitioning to retirement, and will become “Of Counsel” effective June 5, and be available to THA upon request. “For more than 25 years I have known and admired Richard Bettis as a consummate professional association executive,” Townsend said. “For the past 14 and-a-half years, he has been my partner in running the Texas Hospital Association, serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer.” “Successful leaders are those who serve effectively as a result of their passion and compassion for their organization’s mission,” Townsend continued. “Rich is such a leader, and he will carry THA in good stead into the 21st century. The best is yet to be,” Townsend added. Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. THA represents more than 600 institutional members, including 434 of the state’s hospitals and health care systems. THA’s members employ approximately 300,000 health care professionals statewide.