Levi Davis Named Board Chairman for Methodist Health System

March 27, 2012

Methodist Health System today announced Levi Davis has been elected chairman of the health system’s corporate board, effective April 1. Davis, a longtime board member and prominent business community and civic leader, also holds the distinction of being the first African American to serve as board chairman of Methodist Health System, and the first from a public-sector background.

“Levi has been a terrific board member at Methodist and is uniquely skilled and equipped for this board leadership role,” said Methodist Health System President and CEO Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE. “Levi is a consensus builder and a great strategic thinker and I am so pleased to announce his continuing commitment to Methodist in this new and expanded leadership role.”

Dr. Mansfield also extended deep appreciation to John R. Ford, outgoing chairman of the board, for four years of exemplary leadership for Methodist, citing Ford’s tenure as a time of tremendous expansion and accomplishment for the health care system’s service to the North Texas community.

“Being entrusted with a governance role in an organization with so many dedicated men and women who serve their community’s health through Methodist is both humbling and gratifying,” said Davis. “Methodist is a proud and prestigious institution which, for almost a century, has been dedicated to quality, to community stewardship, and to its mission of improving and saving lives throughout North Texas. It has been my honor for more than a decade to be part of achieving that compassionate, quality care on a daily basis, and I look forward to working with its outstanding leadership team toward new challenges and greater achievements.”

Davis, who joined the Methodist corporate board in 2002, was named this year as treasurer of the board of Texas Healthcare Trustees, a statewide organization for those serving on the governing boards of hospitals and other health- related organizations in Texas. He is a past chairman of the Methodist health System Board Planning Committee and vice chairman of the corporation. In June 2011, he and his wife received a Heritage Award from the African American Museum in Dallas as part of an annual event benefitting the museum and its public education programs, exhibits, and operations.

For more than 30 years, Davis has been active in Dallas community affairs as a municipal and business leader, educator, and an involved humanitarian. After completing military service, he began his career serving the City of Dallas in 1973 as director of the Action Center. He became director of the Office of Human Development in 1977 and was assistant city manager from 1978 to 1986 and again from 1990 to 1998. Davis was responsible for the overall direction, planning, and implementation of goals and objectives for multiple departments including Police, Fire, Human Services, Environmental Health, Public Consumer Affairs, Emergency Preparedness Office, and Convention and Event Services. He has been involved in many key issues related to the city’s operation and growth including financing for the Convention Center expansion, financing and opening of Reunion Arena, financing expansion of the water utilities program, development of the Police Review Process, development of the 911 and 311 systems, and financing and coordination of the 1984 Republican National Convention and the 1994 World Cup games.

Between terms as assistant city manager, Davis held executive positions in the financial services industry at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc., The Hamilton Financial Group, Inc., and Grigsby Brandford Powell, Inc. He also taught courses in public administration and government as an associate professor at Brookhaven Junior College, El Centro Junior College, Dallas Baptist University, and the University of Texas at Arlington.


Currently, Davis is senior managing director for the Southwest region of Siebert Brandford Shank & Company, LLC, a nationally-recognized investment banking firm. Throughout his career, Davis has served on numerous boards including Methodist Health System, KERA, Dallas County Blue Ribbon Committee for the construction and development of a new county hospital, American Red Cross Dallas Chapter, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Museum of African Art, and is a member of the Dallas Salesmanship Club. An Ohio native, Davis completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University in 1971 and received his Master of Arts degree in urban affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1973. He currently resides in the city of Dallas and has been married to Loretta R. Davis for almost 20 years.


For more information about Methodist Health System, visit www.MethodistHealthSystem.org.


Editors: For a photo of Levi Davis, go to: http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/LeviDavis

Caption: Levi Davis, new chairman of the board for Methodist Health System.


About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.

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