Jim Beck (J.B.) Brown ’99 Receives Inaugural Momentum Award Honoring Early Career Achievement
On October 8, Jim Beck Brown, FACHE, ’99 —J.B. to friends— became the first recipient of the Trinity University HCAD Alumni Association’s Momentum Award. Presented at a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the HCAD program at the San Antonio Country Club, the award recognized J.B., an early careerist, for outstanding achievement in health care management, a profession he truly loves. “I enjoy the strategy that the competitive landscape and evolving environment requires,” he proclaims, “I am also driven by the pursuit of excellence. I enjoy the journey.”
Only 16 years into that journey, J.B. has reached impressive heights: from Administrative Resident to Vice President at CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System in Paris, Texas; to COO of Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs, New Mexico; to COO of Doctor’s Hospital in Dallas; to CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land; to Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, where as Vice President/CEO of ambulatory services and orthopedics, he currently guides one of the nation’s largest orthopedic programs and ambulatory networks. “My proudest professional accomplishment to date is what I believe to be the fulfillment of my vision to make Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Houston’s best community hospital,” he says.
Over the course of his career, J.B. has overseen the merger of the two hospitals, the turnaround of an inter-urban community hospital that competed directly with two of the largest and most respected hospitals in the area, and the turnaround of a newly constructed hospital that lacked community and medical staff support. Looking back, J.B. often jokes that he was able to move up by taking on jobs that other people didn’t want, but admits, “Generally speaking, I was able to succeed in these situations thanks to supportive bosses, good mentoring, and great teams.”
Indeed J.B. counts relationships as the most rewarding part of his job. “I love being a part of the team,” he proclaims. “I also thrive on developing other leaders. I enjoy building and growing my own team as well as mentoring emerging leaders.”
The son of career educators, J.B. was drawn to a career of an altruistic nature. He arrived at hospital administration as his choice based on specific criteria— a career that would “allow me to do good, do well financially, live where I wanted, give back to my community and enjoy varied work.” Happily, he discovered health care administration met these criteria when he had the opportunity to shadow a hospital CEO in his hometown of Paris, Texas, during spring break of his junior year at A&M. “Upon researching some of the leading hospitals and health systems in the state, I saw that a M.S.-HCAD from Trinity was a common theme. As I learned more about the program, I recognized that a strong professional network existed, and that network was very appealing to me. I believe I received a great education there and cherish the relationships Trinity has provided me.”
True to all his original goals, J.B. gives back to his community. Currently, he is Co-Chair of the Skeeters Baseball Foundation, associated with the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team, and is President Elect of the Ft. Bend Education Foundation. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Trinity’s HCAD program where he helps prepare students for the challenges ahead in the health care industry and advises them to find strong mentors and not shy away from challenging jobs or projects.
For fun and relaxation, J.B. enjoys travel, playing golf and running. A single dad, he also has “three amazing children and I love nothing more than spending time with them. My proudest personal accomplishment is having achieved a work-life balance amidst a demanding career that has allowed me to be an engaged father.”
Reacting to his Momentum Award, J.B. says, “This is the greatest professional honor that I have received. I am flattered. I love Trinity and the HCAD program and cherish the many relationships they have afforded me. There are so many other Trinity alumni for whom I have great respect, so I am deeply honored to be recognized among them.”