Joseph DeLeon, became president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in January 2018. As president, DeLeon shares leadership responsibilities with Chief Medical Officer Michael Thornsberry, M.D., M.B.A., FACHE, FAAPL, and Chief Nursing Officer Elaine Nelson, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP.
DeLeon returned to Texas Health Fort Worth after almost five years as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. He is a former captain of the United States Air Force Medical Services Corps and has served in health care management since 1991.
DeLeon first joined Texas Health in 2005 as vice president of professional services and business development at Texas Health Fort Worth, where he was responsible for all ancillary functions, strategic planning and business development activities for the hospital. In January 2013, DeLeon was named president of Texas Health Southwest. Under his leadership, Texas Health Southwest achieved the Truven 100 Top Hospital two years in a row and the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Patient Experience from Press Ganey. The Texas Health Southwest leadership team also worked to bring Texas Health Clearfork online and become a joint replacement destination.
DeLeon is an active leader in the community, serving as chairman of the boards of Texas Rehabilitation Hospital and the Tarrant County March of Dimes, and on the boards of North Texas Community Foundation and the Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration. He previously served as chairman of the board of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. DeLeon has been recognized many times for his leadership of the hospital, including a 2017 Minorities in Business Award from the Fort Worth Business Press. The awards recognize Tarrant County’s top minority leaders in business and the community. Honorees are chosen based on professional achievements, community contributions, philanthropy and other milestones.
A graduate of Leadership North Texas, Leadership Fort Worth and Leadership Bryan-College Station, DeLeon was previously named to the Fort Worth Business Press 40 under 40 and holds a Certificate of Leader Development from the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s National Security Program. He is a former captain in the Air Force Medical Service Corps.
DeLeon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in business management in 1991 and a master’s in public administration in 1994 from Texas A&M University.