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Decades Interview with Michael Roussos '03

B.S. in Kinesiology, University of Texas, Austin, 2000
M.S. in Health Care Administration, Trinity University, 2003

“Caring for and healing patients is the number one reason to serve in our field,” says Michael Roussos '03. “This should be the driving force for anyone working in health care.” Indeed, it is for Michael.

After graduating from the Trinity HCAD program, Michael began his career at HCA Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth as an Administrative Resident. Since that time, he has served at four other HCA facilities, including Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, East Houston Regional Medical Center/Bayshore Medical Center, Corpus Christi Medical Center and Mainland Medical Center in Texas City where he has served as CEO since April 2015. “I feel very fortunate to have worked with HCA and the people at these facilities for my entire career,” he says, noting that the HCA mission—committing to the care and improvement of human life and striving to deliver high quality, cost effective health care in the communities we serve—provides his daily motivation. “It’s very rewarding to know we are making a difference in thousands of lives,” he says.

As CEO at Mainland Medical Center, Michael guides a 223-bed hospital outside Houston. Its service area includes a high population of underinsured or uninsured patients and Michael appreciates the fact that the ACA-created exchanges have opened options to help increase access to health care resources in this area although enrollment figures remain lower than expected. The increased pool of insured people can help curb high premium costs and he considers this “a step in the right direction.”

Along with these pluses, however, come increasing regulatory demands, which Michael says are spurring providers to be constantly thinking of ways to adapt to meet them.  Adding to administrators’ pressures are the aging baby boomers, whose burgeoning health care needs require ever-present attention to staffing needs within an environment of nurse and physician shortages. “We adapt,” he says, “by achieving a culture of patient safety, a culture of consistent communication and improving patient experience and collaboration with all our stakeholders. As a community hospital, this must occur, and the ability to work collaboratively will ensure that our patient’s expectations for high quality care and excellent patient satisfaction are being exceeded.”

Even as he grapples with the changing landscape in health care, Michael feels fortunate to be able to draw on the tools he acquired and relationships he formed at Trinity to lead the team of health care professionals at Mainland Medical Center. “I view my classmates, fellow alumni and current students as family,” he says. “The greatest value of the HCAD program is the camaraderie, networking and expertise that the Trinity family provides each other. The current and former professors have done an excellent job of instilling this family atmosphere to help us become better contributors to the health care industry and our communities.”

Having served in five different communities during his 13-year-and-counting career, Michael finds the best way to get to know and adapt to a new environment is through volunteerism and civic engagement. As often as possible, he participates in Chambers of Commerce and Rotary, is a Board Member for Galveston County Health District and has served as District Chairman for The Boy Scouts of America.  

When it’s time for fun and relaxation, this Austin native maintains an active lifestyle and particularly enjoys exercising and listening to music. Being a University of Texas alumnus and devoted football fan from his undergraduate years, he loves “watching and cheering on my Horns, although” he admits, “times have been tough of late.” Some of that disappointment is surely mitigated by the happiness emanating from his October 2015 wedding— a match seemingly made in heaven. “My wife is a trauma surgeon,” he explains, “so it’s safe to say we live and breathe health care at work and at home.”   

 

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