Dallas' Patricia Driscoll joins board of one of Florida's largest health systems
DALLAS — Professor, businesswoman, CEO, nurse, attorney and board member — the list of titles describing Texas Woman’s University Dallas faculty member Patricia Driscoll is growing thanks to her selection to serve on the Board of Trustees of Health First, a Florida-based, non-profit community health care system.
“Health First has the resources and the insight to approach community wellness holistically,” Driscoll said. “It’s a privilege to lend my experience to make their vision a reality”
Health First is a provider of health services on Florida’s “space coast” near Cape Canaveral, FL . Their health plan covers over 120,000 lives and they have over $1.5 billion in revenue annually. The system includes four hospitals, a cancer center, four health centers that include rehabilitation facilities and fitness centers, physician groups, hospice, home health services and an insurance plan.
“This is an opportunity to provide support and governance to a system committed to integrating complete health and wellness into its operations,” Driscoll said.
Driscoll, who describes herself as a networking champion and health care advocate, is no stranger to lending her expertise in the home health arena. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Community Health Accreditation Partner — the national accrediting board for home and community-based health care, based in Washington, D.C.
Her professional experience also includes serving as the CEO for Home Health Services of Texas, Inc., a community-based, non-profit home health agency that operates in both Dallas and Houston. She also is a private practice attorney, the vice president of nursing services and chief operating officer for St. Paul Medical Center (Now UT Southwestern Medical Center) in Dallas and a professor in the Health Systems Management program in the TWU School of Management.
While she acknowledged her professional acumen led to her nomination to serve on the board, she also emphasized the role of networking in leading to this opportunity.
“My affiliation with professional organizations and relationships with other leaders in the healthcare industry have propelled me into many leadership roles and board positions,” Driscoll said.
Driscoll is a member of two national leadership organizations: Women Executives in Health and Women Business Leaders in Health, noting her relationships with the women she has met through the organizations have led to her board positions.
Through her role as TWU faculty member, she encourages her students to connect professionally with their peers.
“If there’s one thing I would like my students to know, it’s how crucial it is to develop a professional network” Driscoll said.
After a rigorous, yearlong nomination and interview process, Driscoll was officially appointed as a board member of Health First in the fall for a term of three years.
TWU’s Dallas-based Master’s in Health Systems Management program is designed to prepare future executives to assume responsible positions in health care organizations. For more information, visit www.twu.edu/som/graduate-programs/mhsm/.