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August 2007

Release Date: August 8, 2007

ASU Humanities Lecture to Address Future of Health Care

James D. “Denny” Shelton, former chairman and CEO of Triad Hospitals Inc., will be the featured speaker for the 2007 Community Lectureship in the Humanities Thursday, Sept. 6, at Angelo State University.

Shelton’s address, titled “The Future of Healthcare,” will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center. Jointly sponsored by San Angelo Community Medical Center and the San Angelo Health Foundation in conjunction with ASU, the lecture is open free to the public.

A long-time healthcare administrator, Shelton founded Triad Hospitals Inc. in 1999 by acquiring a group of hospitals from his former employer, HCA. San Angelo Community Medical Center was owned by Triad Hospitals until Triad was purchased by Community Health Systems in July 2007.

Under Shelton, Triad Hospitals Inc. was a Fortune 500 company publicly traded and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Through its affiliates, the company owned and managed 53 hospitals and 13 ambulatory surgery centers in 17 states and Ireland, with approximately 9,855 licensed beds. Through its QHR subsidiary, the company also provided hospital management, consulting and advisory services to more than 170 independent community hospitals and health systems throughout the U.S.

At HCA, Shelton was president of the Central Group from 1994-99. He has also served as a hospital administrator in Louisiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois. He is a past board member and executive committee member of the American Hospital Association and previously served as chairman of the board of the Federation of American Hospitals.

A 2006 inductee into the Louisiana State University Hall of Distinction, Shelton earned his bachelor’s degree in history from LSU in 1975 and his master’s of public administration from the University of Missouri in 1977. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Shelton and they have three sons, Jake, Jared and Tyler.

The Community Lectureship in the Humanities annually brings a distinguished speaker of national prominence to ASU for a public lecture, interaction with students and informal discussions with community leaders. The lectureship provides the ASU and San Angelo communities with exposure to distinguished men and women whose nationally and internationally recognized work has made a contribution to the elevation of the human spirit and consciousness, particularly in those areas of endeavors known as the humanities.

Past lecturers include Rick Bass, Dr. Ramon Eduardo Ruiz, Sergei N. Khruschev, Warren B. Rudman, John Wheat, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Shelby Foote, Margaret Thatcher, James H. Billington, Elspeth Rostow, Larry McMurtry, Richard Wilbur, Robert Legvold, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Richard Haas and Catherine Crier.

A nine-member selection committee representing ASU, San Angelo Community Medical Center and the San Angelo Health Foundation chooses the speaker annually. Members of the 2007 selection committee include chairperson Dr. Kevin Lambert, Marilyn Aboussie, Dr. Sterling Gillis, David Lupton, Dr. Linda Kornasky, Richey Oliver, Sheryl Pfluger, Steve Stephens and Pat Turner.