New Administrator Named for Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital

Dr. Robert J. Trenschel has been named administrator of Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital, a nationally recognized safety-net facility and level I trauma center.

Trenschel was administrator from 2007 to 2011 of the health system’s Ambulatory Care Services (its integrated network of nearly 40 outpatient health centers, clinics, specialty facilities, school-based clinics and mobile health units). He left briefly before accepting his new position on Aug. 1, following the retirement of Jeff Webster after seven years at the helm.

“Dr. Trenschel came to Harris Health System with a rich background in ambulatory care management and spent several years with our system,” says George V. Masi, COO, Harris Health System. “He received additional experience in a large managed care system in Wisconsin and when the opportunity arose to bring him back as the administrator of Ben Taub, we made a concerted effort to recruit him and were delighted that he accepted. We look forward to great things from Dr. Trenschel as we guide Harris Health System to the next level of excellence in this era of healthcare transformation.“

Trenschel has nearly 20 years of experience in the healthcare and medical management. Prior to Harris Health System, he was senior vice president of Medical Operations for Aurora Health Care, an integrated delivery system consisting of 15 hospitals and a 1,600 employed physician group. Trenschel led its healthcare redesign efforts and the inpatient and outpatient clinical platform.

He originally became interested in Harris Health System after meeting a colleague in Florida who spoke glowingly about his medical training at Ben Taub Hospital. As he learned more about the health system, Trenschel began to believe that this was the place for him.

“The mission, vision and values of Harris Health System are congruent with my own values,” he said. “It’s all about putting the patient first, training the next generation of healthcare providers and delivering quality care to our patients.”

Trenschel assumes the reins of a 586-licensed-bed facility and one of the nation’s premiere Level I Trauma Centers, and one of only two such centers in greater Houston. Ben Taub Hospital is a designated Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare and a Level II Primary Stroke Center by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC). Earlier this year, the hospital was awarded the Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Ben Taub Hospital is a primary training facility for residents and faculty from Baylor College of Medicine, an affiliation forged from the beginnings of Harris Health System in 1966.

Trenschel has a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as a master’s degree in public health from Florida International University.