Dallas South News Wire (Parkland)
The Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers today unanimously elected Debbie Branson to serve as its chair. Branson replaces Lauren McDonald, MD, who resigned last month. Patricia Rodriguez Gorman was elected vice chair.
“I confess that I did not seek this leadership role, but I am honored that my colleagues on the Board have expressed their confidence in me by their vote and I intend to do my best to live up to their expectations,” Branson said, noting that after the vote, she asked each Board member for their “support, their wisdom and their counsel.”
Branson acknowledged the year ahead will be difficult for Parkland.
“We face many challenges as an institution, but as we do our best to serve the people who come to us for care, we must remain singularly committed to completing the tasks set forth for us in the Alvarez & Marsal Corrective Action Plan,” she said.
Branson, who was appointed to the seven-member Board in 2011 by County Judge Clay Jenkins, is a lawyer with the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, PC, where she has practiced law since 1983. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Arkansas State University in 1977 and her law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1980, where she received the Distinguished Law Student Award. Branson also received her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1993.
Branson also received 2005 University of Texas at Dallas Achievement Award and was the honorary chair at the 1996 Women in Leadership Conference. Branson is a past president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and an active member of many others organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. She has also served on the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council as well as the Texas Judicial Council.