South Texas Methodist Health Ministries has added five new members to its board of directors, which has led the nonprofit — which owns 50% of the Methodist hospital system — since its inception in 1995.
“Serving on this board has been and continues to be one of the most incredible blessings and opportunities of my life,” said Dr. Michael Lane, chairman of the board of directors of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, in a statement from hurry. “We are delighted to welcome these exceptional and talented individuals to our Board. They join us at a critical time, and their ideas will be essential to the implementation of our strategy, which is focused on promoting health equity.
New board members will serve three-year terms beginning at their first board meeting later in June. They can serve up to three consecutive terms. In addition to serving on the General Council, they also sit on a standing committee, such as the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Mission Committee, and Operations Committee. The five new board members include:
- Michael Bacon, CFRE, Senior Development and External Relations Officer for Trinity University San Antonio;
- Erika Prosper Nirenberg, Senior Director of Customer Insights at HEB;
- Jacqueline Pugh, MD, associate chief of staff for research and development at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and faculty member of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Texas at San Antonio;
- Erica T. Sosa, Ph.D., associate professor of public health and associate dean of research at UTSA’s College for Community and Health Policy; and
- Pendleton B. Wickersham, MD, physician and partner of Arthritis Associates of San Antonio, who previously served on the board of directors from 2012-21.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides clinical healthcare programs and services in 74 Texas counties and has provided more than $1.4 billion in services since 1995, according to the press release. Board members oversee the governance of the health care system, ensuring community members receive quality care regardless of their ability to pay, the statement said.
“As we continue our efforts to advance health equity in the communities we serve, we will be better informed and inspired by the leadership these new board members bring to our organization,” said Jaime Wesolowski. , President and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. “Their unique talents and breadth of expertise will be essential for us in the years to come as we strive to improve the lives of the underserved so that all have the opportunity to thrive.”