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December 7th, 2005back

Hospital CEO appointed to Airport Board

James G. Springfield, President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley Baptist Health System, has been appointed to the Harlingen Airport Board by Mayor Rick Rodriguez. Springfield will serve on the five member board which sets long range policies and strategies for the region's largest air cargo and passenger facility. He fills a seat left vacant by the resignation of Gordon Hall who has relocated from the Valley. Jim Springfield's focus on regionalization and expansion of services at Valley Baptist has helped make it the leading health care provider in South Texas, said Board Chairman Dr. James D. Rowe. We are confident that Jim will bring the same high performance business outlook to the airport board. Springfield said, Since moving to Harlingen four years ago, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on a variety of boards and committees. This appointment to the Airport Board has to rank as one of the more important.

The work of this board is so critical to the future of Harlingen. I am honored to have been appointed along with the great group of people serving on this board and look forward to working with them on the business of the Valley International Airport. Springfield, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has received ACHE's Emerging Leader and Regents awards and was recently honored with the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award of Young Healthcare Executive of the Year for the nation. He has overseen VBHS expansion outside of Harlingen and has led VBHS' strategic initiatives, including the introduction of Six Sigma.

He has fostered a commitment to ever-increasing expectations and permanent improvement, disciplined use of facts and customer service. Governor Rick Perry appointed Springfield to the Texas State Health Services Council. Both Baylor University and the University of Houston-Clearlake have named him an outstanding alumnus. He continues to serve on the boards of the Texas Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association, the Texas Institute for Health Policy and Research, and Voluntary Hospitals of America. He is active in community and philanthropic organizations and holds a Paul Harris Fellowship with Rotary Club International. James Springfield and his wife Teri live in Harlingen with their four children Jordan, Tanner, Cydney, and Ashley.