David Helfer, FACHE, CMPE, R-CVT, EMT
David (Dave) is currently the President of the Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital, an acute care, for profit, JCAHO Accredited partnered entity between independent physicians and Texas Health Resources system. Dave is a
- Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE)
- Certified Medical Practice Executive with the MGMA (CMPE)
- Graduate, Certified Executive Leadership earned at Southern Methodist University, Dallas,
- Holder of a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences both earned at National-Louis University in Evanston, IL
- Former Emergency Medical Technician in both TX and VA
- Former Registered Cardiovascular Technologist
- Former Certified Pulmonary Technician
- Former Radiology Technologist (conditional) in Illinois
- Student pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing
- Dave has worked in healthcare for nearly thirty years as a clinician, manager, executive and consultant in small and large health systems throughout the US. Prior to his current position, he was a Sr. Vice President with a physician owned consulting company managing enterprise-wide initiatives throughout the US simultaneously.
Previously, he was a Divisional Sr. Vice President and Executive Director with the now CHI St. Luke’s Health in Houston building and operating the Woodlands Hospital, Woodlands, TX. At the same time, he had executive responsibilities within the St. Luke’s Medical Center flagship hospital accounting for nearly $500 M in operational revenue leading nearly 1000 employees.
Dave has conducted private consultation throughout the US and has participated in numerous teaching, coaching and programs under the purview of the ACHE and University of Texas, Dallas and Arlington. He is the President Nominee for the Rotary Club of Dallas-Uptown and is currently serving as the Secretary. As such he is deeply involved in community affairs. He is a staunch supporter of internship opportunities in each position in which he was employed. Previously, he served on advisory boards for GE, Philips and Premier.
Dave served in the US Army between 1973 and 1976 as a helicopter electrician and his first job in a hospital was as a phlebotomist drawing blood on patients.
Dave is married, has two grown children, 41 and 35 and 5 grandchildren ages 8, 7, 6, 3 and 1 year. He and his wife own a professional farm in SC not far from Myrtle Beach at which he enjoys spending time.