Mike Roussos '03 Honored with 2016 Momentum Award
At a reception and dinner on October 6, 2016, at Stonewerks, the Trinity HCADAA honored Mike Roussos '03 with its prestigious Momentum Award. Established last year, the award recognizes early careerists for outstanding achievement in health care management. Mike is Hospital Administrator of University Hospital, University Health System’s 720-bed academic medical center in San Antonio. The primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Health Science Center, University Hospital is also the premier Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center for Bexar County and South Texas. He assumed the leadership role in June 2016.
Graciously accepting the award, Mike said, “This isn’t an award or celebration of my achievements as I don’t believe that’s accurate. This should be an annual celebration of the environment of learning, mentoring, camaraderie, and family that the Trinity HCAD program has afforded us all.”
Mike was first exposed to the health care industry through a high school career program, in which he shadowed the CEO of St. David’s Medical Center in Austin. The experience impressed upon him the impact one could make as leader of a health care facility. He went on to earn a B.S. with High Honors in kinesiology at the University of Texas, Austin, and shortly thereafter, an M.S. in Health Care Administration at Trinity University in 2003. After completing his residency at HCA’s Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Mike was accepted into HCA’s COO development program and spent the ensuing 10 years serving in various leadership positions in HCA facilities in El Paso, Houston, and Corpus Christi, before becoming CEO at Mainland Medical Centre outside Houston in April 2014.
In an AVISO profile last year, Mike said, “Caring for and healing patients is the number one reason to serve in our field. It should be the driving force for anyone working in health care.” Throughout his career, Mike has exhibited a strong commitment to delivering excellent quality care to the community as well as a focus on efficiency in the workplace creating a great working environment for staff and physicians. He is especially proud of the great teams he has built (“work families”) who work together to help the physicians, the staff, and the community they serve. He traces that success to growing up in a multicultural family where he learned to understand and acclimate to differences, a lesson that “has helped me in establishing trust and developing relationships in my professional career.”
Acknowledging the role the Trinity HCAD program has played in his career, Mike concluded his remarks noting, “Without the relationships developed from the Trinity program during my life, I can honestly say that neither my professional life nor my personal life would be the same. It’s all of our jobs to ensure that the momentum of the program continues to produce the best health care executives in the country. “