American Sentinel University graduate and former DETC Outstanding Graduate Mr. John Tressa has been named by Tenet Healthcare Corporation as the new CEO of the Park Plaza Hospital. Tressa has served as the hospital's interim chief executive officer since January 2010, and had previously served as chief operating officer since 2006. As CEO, Tressa will oversee strategic, operational and clinical activities for the 444-bed acute care hospital located in Houston, Texas.
"During his tenure at Park Plaza, John has demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities and a true vision for growing the hospital," said Robert L. Smith, Senior Vice President of Operations for Tenet's Central States Region. "His extensive experience in hospital operations coupled with his knowledge of the hospital and its staff will continue to make him an outstanding leader of the executive team."
Throughout his five years at Park Plaza, Tressa has overseen numerous expansion projects, including the development of the Bone & Joint Pavilion. He initiated and sustained an affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine, which resulted in clinical programs in geriatrics, surgical oncology and vascular surgery. He was also an integral part of the team that led Park Plaza to receive Tenet's prestigious Circle of Excellence award last year. Under his leadership, Park Plaza Hospital was recognized as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery, and a Bariatric Center of Excellence from the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
Prior to serving as chief operating officer at Park Plaza, Tressa was vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Northeast Medical Center from 2003 to 2006. From 1996 to 2003, Tressa held various positions at the University of North Carolina Health Care System, including director of the UNC Air Care and Ground Transport Services, network development specialist, clinical manager of emergency services and director of the medical/surgical and nursing operations.
Tressa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health arts from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., a Master of Business Administration degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Ill., and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colo.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation is a health care services company whose subsidiaries and affiliates own and operate acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic imaging centers. Tenet's hospitals and related health care facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve.
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