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Jack Endres named TORCH’s Gordon Russell Merit Award winner

Jack Endres, administrator of ETMC Jacksonville, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Gordon Jack EndresRussell Merit Award to honor his example of "the spirit of superior service" to the hospitals and local communities in which he has served.

The award, given by the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals at their annual conference, exists to recognize outstanding achievement by rural and community hospital administrators for their leadership and dedication to the profession. It is named for Gordon Russell, who served as the administrator of Hi-Plains Hospital for 40 years and was also the former mayor of Hale Center, Texas.

"Jack was selected from his peers because of the dedication he has exhibited in the practice of rural hospital administration throughout his career, his involvement in the leadership of TORCH as a board member and former chairman and his commitment to his family, employees and the communities he has served," said David Pearson, TORCH president/CEO.

Endres is approaching his fourth year as administrator of ETMC Jacksonville. He has 20 years' experience in hospital administration, having previously spent six years practicing law in Dallas. Prior to his position in Jacksonville, he served as associate administrator of ETMC Athens. During the first ten years of his healthcare career, he served as the CEO of the Muenster Hospital District.

In the nomination letter written by Mike Click, RN, CEO of Brownfield Regional Medical Center, Click wrote, "When I think of my experiences with TORCH leadership and active participation in healthcare activities, I can always picture Jack Endres being passionate and engaged. I hope and trust that you fully agree that Jack is deserving of this award."

Endres is an outspoken leader for TORCH, serving as its chairman from 2002-2004. He also served on the boards of both TORCH and TORCH Management Services, as well as on the Texas Hospital Association board of trustees, on the THA's Council on Policy Development and several other councils and committees. He has also been active in local civic organizations in Jacksonville, Athens and Muenster.

Endres holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a juris doctor degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law,  and a master of laws in taxation degree from the New York University School of Law. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He enjoys his family, karate and following his children's college careers and travels abroad.

ETMC Jacksonville is part of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System's network of hospitals throughout East Texas.

Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.

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