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St. David's HealthCare Names New Chief Executive Officer of St. David's North Austin Medical Center

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s HealthCare announced today that Allen Harrison has been named chief executive officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, effective September 1, 2011. Harrison will replace Donald Wilkerson, who was named chief executive officer of St. David’s Medical Center in July 2011.

“Allen’s proven record of leadership and success as a health care executive makes him an ideal candidate to lead this growing medical center,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “I look forward to the many positive contributions that he will make at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.”

Harrison has more than 20 years of experience in the health care field. Most recently, he has served as chief operating officer of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colo. since 2006. Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is part of the HealthOne system of hospitals, a joint venture partnership between the Colorado Health Foundation and HCA.

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve in this role at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center,” Harrison said. “This hospital has a history of providing exceptional medical care to patients, collaborating with physicians and creating a positive working environment for employees. It is a privilege to carry on the tradition of excellence.”

Prior to joining Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Harrison served in leadership positions including vice president of business development for HCA’s Continental Division and vice president of business development for HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora, among others.

Earlier in his career, Harrison was the administrator of Kaiser Rehabilitation Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. from 1996 to 2000, where he was responsible for strategic and operational leadership for a freestanding, 80-bed hospital affiliated with a large integrated delivery system.

Harrison graduated magna cum laude from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and biomedical engineering. He holds a master’s degree in engineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center 
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, located at 12221 North Mopac Expressway, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas. The 332-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. For more information, please visit

St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 60 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. Known for compassionate, high-quality care, the organization has been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world-class quality measures. Ranked as one of the Top Workplaces in 2010 by the Austin American-Statesman—as well as the top Austin-area employer among large companies at the Austin Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” event in 2007, 2008 and 2009—St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 7,100 employees. For more information, please visit

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