Jon Foster ’86, FACHE Receives THA’s Highest Honor for Health Care Executives
Jon Foster '86, President of the HCA American Group, has received recognition throughout his career for his extraordinary contributions to the field of health care administration. His most recent achievement took place in late January during the THA 2016 Annual Conference and Expo in Dallas. Jon was named the recipient of the 2015 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration, the Texas Hospital Association’s highest honor.
As President of the HCA American Group, one of two operating groups for Nashville, Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America, the largest hospital system in the world, Jon has oversight of 80 hospitals across ten states. Under his leadership, his hospitals have annual net revenues in excess of $19 billion and employ more than 80,000 professionals.
Jon began his career with the Methodist Health System, now Houston Methodist. He later was recruited to Baptist Health System of East Tennessee where he was promoted three times in nine years. He returned to Texas as President and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare in Austin in 2001, becoming one of the youngest multihospital system CEOs in the country at the age of 39. During his ten years at the helm of St. David’s HealthCare, the system grew exponentially in size, investing approximately $800 million system-wide in facilities, modernization and expansion, and was recognized with numerous national and state-level honors. He was named President of the HCA American Group in 2011.
Jon is a strong believer in serving his profession and his community. He served as Chairman of the THA Board of Trustees in 2007 and has served as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board and AHA’s Health Care Systems Governing Council. Jon’s efforts to help shape public health policy at the national level ultimately led to an opportunity for him to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. In addition, he has given his time and expertise to numerous civic and social organizations, including the Greater Austin Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Congratulations to Jon for this remarkable achievement!