Carrollton, Texas (December 21, 2020) – The Metrocrest Hospital Authority board of directors has selected longtime civic leader John Mahalik as the authority’s next chief executive officer. Mahalik will succeed Charles B. Heath, who is retiring after 31years of service at the end of the year.
“We are pleased to have someone with John’s commitment to public service and strong track record of civic and business leadership to assume the position of CEO for the MHA,” said Craig Greenway, board chairman. “John has already made a significant contribution as a member of the MHA board of directors and his knowledge of the organizations and local healthcare issues will be invaluable as we move forward.”
“I look forward to building on the strong track record of community involvement and success that Charles and the MHA team have created,” said Mahalik. “It has been a privilege to be an MHA board member and I look forward to this new challenge.”
“I am proud of MHA’s many accomplishments and its focus on the many unmet healthcare needs in our community,” said Heath. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges, and John and the MHA board are committed to continuing MHA’s important mission.”
Mahalik has a long record of civic involvement. He was appointed to the NTTA board of directors by the Denton County Commissioners Court in September 2015. He was elected chairman in May 2019.
Mahalik was a Carrollton City Council member from 2005-2011, serving as mayor pro tem in 2010. He previously served as vice chairman of the Denton County Appraisal District board of directors from 2011 to 2015. He also serves on the board of the Mobility Credit Union.
Prior to joining the MHA, he served as chief operating officer of a commercial construction company in Dallas. He previously served as the chief financial officer of an oil and gas exploration firm in Las Colinas.
Mahalik holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and a master’s degree in business administration. Additionally, Mahalik earned a graduate certificate from the dispute resolution and conflict management graduate program at Southern Methodist University.
About the MHA
Since its creation in 1975, the primary mission of the MHA is to create a quality healthcare environment for both providers and users in its service area and to ensure that the Authority remains in a position to meet the health care needs in its service area.
The original name of the Authority was the Farmers Branch Hospital Authority. The Metrocrest name was chosen in the late 1980s to better represent all the communities the Authority serves, including North Dallas, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Coppell, Addison, and The Colony.
The Authority is a political subdivision of the State of Texas and a unit of local government. It has the power of eminent domain and enjoys sovereign immunity.
Metrocrest Hospital Authority Awards Carrollton Fire Rescue with Grant for Advanced CPR Training
$41,117 will be used for Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program
Carrollton, Texas (October 19, 2020) – Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) has set a goal to increase the level of care for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients and achieve the highest survival rates in the country. To help the department reach that goal, Metrocrest Hospital Authority (MHA) has awarded CFR with more than $40,000 to initiate a Resuscitation Quality Improvement program which offers not only advanced CPR training, but technology that indicates how well CPR is being performed and what corrective action needs to be taken.
“While Carrollton Fire Rescue has several programs in place for initial CPR training, the department will use the MHA grant to improve the proficiency of performing CPR. The funds will allow us to establish CPR competence skills stations at two Carrollton fire facilities that will measure the depth of compressions, rate of compressions and percentage of time in which compressions are performed. In order to maximize the outcomes from CPR, these three metrics must be performed accurately,” said Carrollton Fire Chief Gregg Salmi. “The two competence skills stations will consist of a half mannequin on a
MHA also recently donated a LUCAS Chest Compression System, which provides mechanical chest compressions, to the Addison Fire Department. That medical device recently aided in saving the life of a man who had collapsed at a local service station. Afterward, five Addison firefighter/paramedics received the department’s AFD Phoenix Award for their efforts in treating the victim. The system that MHA provided is more effective than manually providing compression because it continues compressions even as the patient is moved to an ambulance and while riding in the ambulance. Since 2017 MHA has provided grants totaling more than $450,000 to Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch for this type of equipment.
About MHA: Since its creation in 1975, the primary mission of the MHA is to create a quality healthcare environment for both providers and users in its service area and to ensure that the Authority remains in a position to meet the health care needs in its service area.
cart with a computer screen to guide the participant through a simulated CPR. After the participant performs CPR, they will receive immediate feedback and be provided an opportunity to correct any deficiencies.”
“The most critical time of a cardiac arrest is between the time when a person suffers the arrest and the time fire and rescue teams arrive on scene to perform advanced care,” said Charles Heath, MHA CEO. “In order to increase cardiac arrest survival rates, we must create programs that both improve CPR competency and engage partners in the community to administer quality CPR prior to the fire and rescue team’s arrival. The Resuscitation Quality Improvement program will assess the CPR performance of Carrollton’s firefighters, paramedics and police officers, as well as those of other city employees who may be able to be on-scene before fire and rescue arrives.” Ultimately, CFR would like to have the CPR competence skills stations at all of its fire stations and open the training program to all city residents.
The Resuscitation Quality Improvement program builds upon initiatives Carrollton already has in place. Last year, CFR launched Pulse Point, an app citizens and city employees can download for free that will alert them of a cardiac arrest incident within 1200 feet of their location. The app will actually map them to the person in need. The department is working to get all city employees on this app as many of them will have the training to respond immediately to cardiac emergencies.
Additionally, Carrollton Fire Rescue’s current CPR program also includes a robust CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) training program in CFBISD schools, teaching thousands of kids a year CPR/AED. The department also offers citizen and business CPR/AED programs.
MHA is well-known for its community philanthropic efforts. In 2020, for example, MHA donated a total of $2 million to 10 local organizations: American Heart Association, Bridge Breast Network, Children's Advocacy Center of Denton, Children's Medical Center Foundation, Communities in Schools, The Concilio, Essilor Vision Foundation, Metrocrest Services, PediPlace and Woven Health Clinic.
Addison, Texas (July 7, 2020) – Five Addison firefighters/paramedics received the department’s AFD Phoenix Award for saving the life of a 48-year-old man who collapsed at a local service station in June 2020. They were aided in their work by the LUCAS Chest Compression System donated to the department by the Metrocrest Hospital Authority (MHA).
Department members who received the award include the crew of Medic 101: Roy Luevano and Curt Sanders; and the crew of Engine 101: Jason Burke, Deborah Schwartz and Eric Ledford.
“Our mission is to save lives,” said Addison Fire Chief David Jones. “Today, we proudly recognize five of our colleagues for their professionalism and dedication to that mission.”
The crew used a unique device in the life-saving mission, the LUCAS Chest Compression System, which provides mechanical chest compressions. The system is more effective than manually providing compression because it continues compressions even as the patient is moved to an ambulance and while riding in the ambulance.
Metrocrest Hospital Authority makes life-saving donation to Addison Fire Department
“We join in congratulating these dedicated public servants for their work in saving a life,” said Charles B. Heath, MHA CEO. “Supporting local first responders with the latest technology is part of our mission of improving healthcare for the communities we serve.”
Since 2017 MHA has provided grants totaling more than $450,000 to Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch for this type of equipment.
Since its creation in 1975, the primary mission of the MHA is to create a quality healthcare environment for both providers and users in its service area. The primary mission of the Authority is to create a quality healthcare environment for both providers and users and to ensure that the Authority remains in a position to meet the health care needs in its service area.
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